* Dinna Fash Yersel

HIghland cow

“Dinna fash yersel, its only a wee highland cow”

Last week I met a woman at a supermarket check out who had lived in Aberdeen (Scotland).  She asked me where I was from in Scotland. This is pretty unusual here in the US.

As an aside –  People will remark on what a cute accent I have, and will then ask … Are you Irish? Nope 🙂 Never been there 🙂

I told her I was brought up outside Edinburgh and had lived in Aberdeen for 8 years.  Perhaps she heard some of the lilt. And we then started exchanging pleasantries in the Doric (Aberdeen Scots dialect)

Fit like quinie?

Nae bad…. an yersel?

Chafin awa!

Dinna fash yersel aboot baggin, I’m happy to dae it.


Fit like quinie is a common greeting for a woman friend or girl. How are things going lassie?

Chafin awa means going along fine. Life is good. I’m content going with the chaff and the flow of life.

Dinna fash yersel  means, don’t worry (english) or get your knickers in a twist (lowland Scots). It comes up in conversation as a way to tell someone its no bother, or don’t bother yourself about something.

I never thought of saying it to myself… but the pleasant exchange reminded me what a powerful message it can be if we did direct it to ourselves.

Imagine when you find yourself judging someone and then feel so bad about it that you judge yourself for not being good enough and start beating yourself up.

Dinna fash yersel Lass!

Let it go! Don’t worry! Don’t stress about it! No need to get into a sweat or become anxious!

Dinna fash yersel … all will be well.

And with this awareness, it is.


… Aye – I’ll hae fond memories o’ Aberdeen in ma dreams the niche. And maybe some scenes from Outlander thrown in there 😉


28 thoughts on “* Dinna Fash Yersel

  1. :)!!! Perfect follow up post, Val! I could see the two of you in my mind and I would have thought “Whaaaat?” If I had been standing behind the two of you…but…I would have smiled because I am sure anyone could see the happiness of your exchange! Beautiful day!

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  2. What a great way to say it Val, saying it that way seems to give the expression more oomph, and especially saying it to yersel…must try it! 😉
    My mother was born in Aberdeen but brought up in Peebles where I was born, and I remember talking like that – although I didnae ken that first one “fit like quinie”.

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    • Thanks Karen. Aberdeen is a bit dreary unless the sun shines. (Most buildings are made of grey granite) The surrounding area thought is beautiful though 🙂 If you head to Scotland, let me know and I’d be happy to share some of my favorites places off the beaten track 🙂


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