Spik Doric: Lesson 99

Pooch. Concrete noun, transitive verb. A pocket, to salt away. Rhymes with mooch.

Nothing to do with dogs, this is the Doric word for a pocket. A pair of trousers without decently deep pooches or a decent number of pooches is not a proper pair of trousers.

Pooch doesn’t just apply to tailoring, however. If you have eaten a hearty meal and are stuffed to bursting, you are said to be “full tae the pooch lids” (full to the tops of my pockets).

If you have peeled an orange or some other citrus fruit and offer someone else a piece, you would say: “Wid ye like a poochie?” (would you care to sample a segment?).

Pooch can also be used as a verb. To pooch something is to snaffle it while no one is looking.

Harper, where is the mint humbug which I left on my desk moments ago and to which I was looking forward most heartily?

Please, miss, it wisna me. Anither loon pooched it.

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  1. Margaret Young says:

    I have never come across the meaning of poochie as a segment. I am still learning – even on my 74th birthday

  2. Allan Robertson says:

    Or…deep pooches and short airms!

  3. Rognvald Spence says:

    Pooch is well used in Orkney too. Might have been stolen from the Doric. But we never used it in the sense of a segment.

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