Sir Jackie Stewart Blethering Scots


Sir Jackie Stewart

Sir Jackie Stewart shares his favourite Scots words.


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Well, I suppose my favourite Scots word would be "jiggered".

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How you spell it is another matter because I'm dyslexic

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but I think it's, I think it's J...

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I...G...G...

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E... R... E... D.

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"Jiggered." That looks like it.

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Three-time Formula One champion and all-time motor racing legend

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Sir Jackie Stewart

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is one of Scotland's best-loved sports personalities.

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In my motor racing days I'd lose about seven,

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maybe sometimes eight pounds in weight, just being dehydrated.

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Coming out of a Formula One car after a race - I'd be jiggered.

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Sir Jackie has been more jiggered than most people.

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In 1966, whilst giving it laldy at the Belgian Grand Prix,

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he came off the track.

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Well, I had an accident when it was heavy rain and we had aquaplaning -

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that means the water is so thick that the tyres don't go through the water,

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they go over the water,

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and then therefore the car is no longer in contact with Mother Earth.

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And I went off the road, and I hit a telegraph pole,

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I hit a woodcutter's hut.

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I broke a collarbone, some ribs and I also had a back injury. So...

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I was pretty jiggered!

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When you are jiggered you can't do the things you normally do.

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Sometimes you got to sit down more than you can walk, you're scunnered.

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Now, who outside of Scotland would understand the word "scunnered"?

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But, then again, it's enormously graphic,

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it's a really strong word,

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but it just says how badly you've been affected by something.

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"You're scunnered."

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Sir Jackie won his first Formula One championship in 1969

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but success and fame wasn't always part of his life.

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Well, I grew up, of course, in Dumbarton...

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..I went to the Dumbarton Academy do for my schooling

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but, unfortunately, I was dyslexic and nobody understood that.

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So, I was called a dunderheid, "You're a dunderheid,"

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because I couldn't read or write correctly.

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It wasn't nice at the time but, I suppose,

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that drove me in sport to go and want to reach a higher level.

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Sir Jackie went on to win an incredible 27 Grand Prix

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and received his knighthood in 2001 for services to motor racing.

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Suddenly I was good at something. I was no longer a dunderheid.

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