What does ‘laldy & yaldi’ mean?

Last time we checked, the UK isn’t just, um, British. It’s also Scottish, and the Scots have countless, wonderful expressions all their own. (Hey, we love you, too, Northern Ireland and Wales.)

Like the term laldy, literally “a beating, a thrashing.” In Scottish slang, to give it laldy is to “do something with lots of energy and gusto.” It’s particularly associated with singing your heart out—perhaps after you’ve downed some cheeky pints.

According to a 2015 article in The Scotsman, the newer slang word yaldi, which is used to express excitement, possibly comes from a mispronunciation of laldyYaldi!