I like words that have a lot of meaning, single words that sum up something very neatly. The German language is quite good for that kind of thing. Take schadenfreude, for example, pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune. There are quite a few Scottish words that serve a similar purpose. The following are my personal favourites. Dreich - an adjective used to describe the sort of weather we get frequently in Scotland. A dreich day is one that is grey, chilly, damp and miserable. Stramash - a noun that is often used to describe an undignified scramble, possibly involving a certain amount of foul play, particularly in rugby or football (soccer, that is). Gallus - another adjective, usually applied to a person. If one is gallus, that means that they have a bit of a brash swagger about them without necessarily being arrogant.