Scots: Living Language, Not Bygone Dialect

The Paps of Jura

As part of our somewhat impromptu, personalized tour of Argyll, we got to see boobs–big ones. The Paps of Jura to be precise. Jura is an island of the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland, north of Islay and south of Skye, its southern half on a line west of Glasgow. These prominent breasts on Jura make for a nice focal point in a photograph across the sound on a sunny day.

Paps is a Scots term, and the Gaelic is ciochan, pronounced something like KEE uh khen. The singular form is cioch. See the following resources for more about the term and its accurate spelling (with accent mark on the i) and pronunciation (for the fricative ch):

Am Faclair Beag (The Wee Dictionary, which is anything but) – ciochan

The Unofficial Guide to Pronouncing Scottish Gaelic – a down-to-earth bit of fun that breaks things down helpfully. See the explanation for “ch” pronunciation under “Broad Consonants.”

Scotland has other ciochan as well, such as the Paps of Glencoe. Lots of paps in Scotland.


If you prefer American breasts, ogle these: Backyard Brief, January 2017