The Scots are very good at finding nicknames for people, places and things. One of my favourite examples is the nickname that Aberdonians have given to an important architectural feature of the city centre. Across from the lovely Union Terrace Gardens (whose days may be numbered, as I wrote here) stand three buildings: the Central Library, St. Mark’s church, and His Majesty’s Theatre. They are known as “Education, Salvation and Damnation”.
They’re all beautiful examples of the use of granite in our Silver City. You can see some photographs of the inside of His Majesty’s in the post I wrote about the Christmas Panto here. And here is a photo of the cupola at the far end of the library, in the snow:
There are some beautiful lamp-posts in front of the library, which were recently restored and repainted:
(I think these four photos illustrate so well the different lights we enjoy here in Aberdeen, depending on the season. I should have had a fifth: summer light at 10:30 pm!)
There are some other nicknames for places in Aberdeen that I like. There’s “Split-the-Wind,” where George Street and Causeway End meet at a pointed promontory, and also the infamous “Haudagin” roundabout. This roundabout is the intersection of two 6-lane roads and is always difficult to cross and navigate. “Haudagin” means “Hold on again” – as in what happens when you start to cross the roundabout, but then are forced by traffic whizzing around from the other side to brake suddenly!
I would love to know about other Scottish nicknames for places, in Aberdeen or elsewhere.