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Note: parts of the following descriptions were taken from or inspired by the Scottish Clan Website and are (c) DISCscribe Ltd. 1995-1997.

While Frothers, just like all other humans, speak Killan, the Clans have over time developed a battle language called Galdey. Galdey is not so much a complete language of its own, but rather a collection of phrases that the Frothers use to communicate in combat. Even when not in combat, Frothers often use theit tongue for describing things Frotheresque (for a lot of things Frothers do, there are no appropriate equations inn Killan) or when they don not want outsiders to understand them. While all the Clan's Galdey dialects come from the same source etymologically, certain variations exist. A Dougal might thus have problems understanding a Murdoch (especially a drunk one).

Bonnet: The "Balmoral" bonnet and the "Glengarry" bonnet are equally correct. Tartan balmorals, like tartan bow ties, should never be worn with a kilt. The Balmoral is a very ancient headgear. It may be black, blue, or fawn, with or without diced band, and may have loose flowing ribbons behind, or a knotted bow. The Glengarry is generally dark blue or black, and may or may not have a diced band. It is invariably worn with loose flowing ribbons, and many people prefer it because of its jaunty appearance.

Ceilidh (pronounced KAY-LEE): The Ceilidh is the centre of the social life of the Frother community. The word translates from the Galdey "visitor or social gathering".

Chanter: That part of the bagpipe which the player holds with his hands to play the melody of the tune.

Clan: The word originally meant, in Galdey, offspring or descendants, family or tribe. Originally a family unit, the Clan became the basic political, economic, and social unit. Each Clan has its own tartan which was worn in a kilt or scarf. They are fiercely loyal to the family group and are quick to avenge any wrongs done to their fellows, as well as defending the area they considerehome territory.

Claymore: The true Claymore is as tall as a man. It is a massive but beautifully balanced, two-handed sword.

Dirk: The Dirk is a long knife, and its sheath sometimes houses a smaller knife and a fork. The origin of this arrangement was that the long knife was the conventional hunting knife, and the smaller utensils were for eating.

Drone: One of the three "tubes" sticking out of a set of bagpipes. These provide the continuous tone unique to pipe music.

Juicer: A Frother who relies on a BOOPA system attached to his body. Also used in a more general way for persons that consume a lot of drugs (for a Frother, that is).

Kilt: "A man in a kilt is a man and a half." It is the traditional clothing of the Frothers. The present kilt contains about eight yards of material. This garment is the modern remnant of the great plaid, Originally a large blanket pleated round the waist; held by a large, broad belt. The excess free cloth was gathered and pinned to the shirt or coat with a brooch on the left shoulder.

Plaid: Any woven checked pattern. Not the same as Tartan. The shawl-like garment worn over the shoulder by some in highland dress. Originally part of the kilt.

Sept: A family not having the name of the Clan, but associated with the Clan and entitled to wear its tartan, e.g. Gillespie is a sept of Clan MacAlister.

Sgain Dubh (Pronounced Skeen Due): The Sgain Dubh or black knife, is a small knife worn on the right leg, tucked between the stocking and the leg. It is held in place by the garter band, with its handle protruding above the stocking top. Some are bone handled, some black with a cairngorm set in a silver mounting. Originally the Sgain Dubh was hidden somewhere on the body, it became tradition to wear it in the sock to show friendliness -- I.E. you are showing others where your knife is, so are not hostile. Tradition also states that the Sgain Dubh is worn in the sock so that even when kneeling a Frother is dangerous.

Sporran: The pouch worn in the front of the kilt, which serves as a pocket. The sporran is worn about a hand's breadth below your belt.

Tartan: The Tartan describes the distinctive checkered pattern generally worked out in a woven material such as woolen cloth. Each particular pattern is known as a "sett". The distinctive sett adopted by the chief and his relatives became traditionally the "Clan Tartan."

Troph: A proof of victory over a foe. Customs vary from Clan to Clan. The Dougals, for example expect a warrior to present the heads of foes slain druring a Clan confrontation to his sept or Clan chief.

Glossary to be expanded....suggestions are most welcome.
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