The Auld Alliance

As a Francophile linguist based in Scotland, I've always been intrigued by those words of French origin that are used in Scots. The Auld Alliance, the long history of trade between the two countries and the return of Mary Queen of Scots from exile in France are the primary reasons for this influence.

Some choice examples are:
fash (from fâcher) meaning to worry, usually used in the phrase «dinnae fash(yersel)»;
ashet (from assiette) meaning a large plate;
douce (feminine of doux) meaning quiet or sedate;
gigot
, as in French, meaning a leg of lamb; and
grosset
(from groseille), meaning a gooseberry.

And then there's gardeyloo (from gardez à l'eau!), the cry that would be made in centuries past when Edinburgh residents would hurl the contents of their chamber pots out of the window and into the street.