Scots is the language of Lowland Scotland and the Northern Isles, one of Scotland's indigenous languages, descended from Northern Old English, greatly influenced by Norn - old Scandinavian. Scots was once the language of government, spoken by Scottish kings and poets, and it has its own dialects - Glaswegian, Syrshire, Shetland, Doric, Border Scots among them.
DREICH - Dreich - is Scotland's favorite weather word. This Scots word suggest any weather from merely overcast to ferociously damp - but the word always carries a burden of utter joylessness!
Scotland's dreich climate has a torrent of Scots words to describe it: black weet. blashy, blay bye - dreep, drowie, feechie, peuch and plowtery, to name but a few.
Who said what about Scotland’s crappy weather?
The climate is strangely un-Scottish, due to some geographical freak. There can be continuous days of sunshine in the early spring, and the soft fruits grow as lushly as in California and with better flavor. the place names are poetically beautiful, from New Pitsligo to Fyvie and from Strichen to the Muir of Fowlis. Craigellachie, Fochabers, Dufftown and the original Dallas compete with Keig and Clatt and Waterton and Echt.
Not only the climate but also the people are outlandish even for Scotland...They are not at all Scottish, these descendants of Vikings, and, lacking both "Celtic" and Saxon blood, they display red hair predominantly and sea-blue eyes...they can frequently go mad with frustration in a regimented world. (Just as their forefathers went suitably berserk.) —-SCOTLAND: THE LAND AND THE PEOPLE, © Donald Cowie, 1973 by A.S. Barnes and Company, Cranbury, NJ and London: Thomas Yoseloff Ltd., London ISBN 0-498-01169-0