Ancient Word of the Day: Stravaig

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Stravaig: v. to wander or amble without a purpose or destination in mind. Glad of the opportunity to explore and discover on foot, being unconstrained by time. (from Scots Gaelic)

Travel: Hiking in Ireland Copyright Content Catnip 2010

Stravaig derives from eighteenth-century Scots extravage, meaning ‘wander about; digress, ramble in speech’, in turn derived from Medieval Latin extravagari ‘wander, stray beyond limits’. Stravaig, in various forms, is found in a wide range of Scottish texts from the late eighteenth-century onwards. Read more

Sense Siblings

Dander: A gentle walk

Geng: To walk

Fit Stramp: A footstep

Wengle: To twist and turn

~ Shetland walking words
Across the water looking forwards Dunvegan castle from Borerraig at the north western tip of the Isle of Skye. Content Catnip 2010

Nature, every now and then, Grows saucy and stravaigy.

Toorle : A Drama of Farm Life in the Lothians in Five Acts
by Samuel Mucklebackit (1903)
Travel: Walks along the Water of Leith, Edinburgh Copyright Content Catnip 2017

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Scots Word of the Season: Stravaig

6 thoughts on “Ancient Word of the Day: Stravaig

    1. Content Catnip – Catnip, The World. – Digital dawdler, foodie, bookworm, culture vulture, rainbow lorikeet perennially in love with the arts, history and science. Constantly seeking inspiring people, knowledge and places.
      Content Catnip says:

      Yes it’s the best so much to take in at a wandering pace Hope you are having a good week Jeremy

  1. I love the idea of instinct guiding one’s path Catnip. It’s kind of how I walk locally. When it’s new territory, I need a map now and again. Btw, the Irish picture is stunning.

    1. Content Catnip – Catnip, The World. – Digital dawdler, foodie, bookworm, culture vulture, rainbow lorikeet perennially in love with the arts, history and science. Constantly seeking inspiring people, knowledge and places.
      Content Catnip says:

      Yes there is nothing better than rambling and stopping whenever the mood takes you, so true Kev Thank you for your comment and hope you are having a good weekend That hike in Ireland was absolutely magical, some great walks there and such a magical historic place with crumbling ruins dating back to the start of Christianity. Hope to one day go back there, it’s closer for you maybe you can go? Xx

  2. We’ve been once but the kids were young and determined not to be dragged on my dreaded long walks. West Coast is the target now when ww get around to the second visit!

    1. Content Catnip – Catnip, The World. – Digital dawdler, foodie, bookworm, culture vulture, rainbow lorikeet perennially in love with the arts, history and science. Constantly seeking inspiring people, knowledge and places.
      Content Catnip says:

      That sounds like a nice holiday. I never got to the west coast but heard great things, it’s wild and rugged. Things have gotten a bit weird over there, thinking of you guys and sending hugs, a big merry Christmas to you and your family Kev.

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