A carry-out is an amount of food or alcoholic drink bought in one place to be consumed somewhere else. The standard English form is takeaway. "That lassie just lifted a bottle out your carry-out." "His idea of a cooked breakfast is microwaving the remains of last night's Indian carry-out."
The term is also used for a takeaway restaurant: "Everything's shut except the Chinese carry-out." A carry-out bag is the type of plastic bag pubs supply for takeaway booze, usually emblazoned with a brewer's logo: "Can you not find something better for your swimming stuff than that old carry-out bag?"
The fact that local pronunciation is often cairry-oot or kerry-oot has led me to wonder if the name of a pub I once came across, The Kerry Inn, was intended as a pun.
© Michael Munro
Words in The Patter are not all related to aspects of life specific to Glasgow or particularly relevant to local habits - there is no shortage of local terms for everyday things or activities that are universal.
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