From these windows, servants in medieval Scotland would often yell


to warn passers-by of waste from the chamber pots about to be thrown from a window into the street below.

Considering that during the day, passersby would then know to step out-of-the-way of the falling debris.  However, considering that the water during those times was not the beverage of the day and by nightfall most Scots were well inebriated, another term that we all know today became defined – Shit-faced drunk, when instead of stepping aside when they heard “gardyloo”, they would look up!

  One thought on “Gardyloo

  1. December 13, 2016 at 1:03 AM

    That’s great. There are some much older streets in parts of the UK where timbered buildings almost touch each other across narrow cobbled alleys. It must have been risky walking down those streets!

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    • December 13, 2016 at 6:49 AM

      There are, this was a pretty little street. Ilesrned the origin of a couple of our phrases on this trip. It pays to tag along on a free tour

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  2. December 13, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Haha, another thing learned! I trust the streets smell better these days 😉 Thank you for sharing!

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