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Nicola Sturgeon explains Ulster-Scots word 'scunnered'

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Picture by Andrew Milligan, Press Association

AN Ulster-Scots word common to much of Antrim and Derry has reached a wider audience in England thanks to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Ms Sturgeon has frequently said people in Scotland are "scunnered" with repeated lockdowns.

And yesterday she explained the expression to viewers across Britain.

She told BBC Breakfast: "I'm also a human being, a citizen subject to the same restrictions and I know how tough it is. We are all thoroughly scunnered - that's a Scottish expression (meaning) fed up with this - and we want it to be over. I understand that with every fibre of my being."

However, she said that the "end is in sight" and "the vaccination programme is the way out of this".

Ms Sturgeon has frequently used scunnered in her daily coronavirus briefings.

In November, she said: "These restrictions are difficult and we are all scunnered and fed up and I'm not going to stand here and pretend otherwise because I feel that same sense of being utterly scunnered and fed up as the rest of you do".

Scunnered, meaning fed up, is a familiar Ulster-Scots word although it is most commonly-used in counties Antrim and Derry.

According to the Ulster-Scots Academy, to scunner means to cause disgust or revulsion.

Scunnered is not to be confused with scundered, which in Belfast typically means embarrassed.

However, in some parts of the north scundered is also used to mean very annoyed.

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