Someone who is seen as being absent-minded or easily confused may be called bee-heidit. Presumably the idea is that such a person's thoughts fly busily all over the place like bees. A similar comparison is made in the phrase away wi the bees meaning the same thing: "Where's the half-pun a butter Ah telt ye tae get? Ach, ye're away wi the bees, so ye are!"
© Michael Munro
Always in evidence in gutsy urban dialect, terms of abuse hinting at mental deficiency are numerous in The Patter, from terms almost of endearment to terms reserved for those thought to be severely deranged...
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