Baffies: dialect word for 'slippers'



This speaker, who grew up along the east coast of Scotland, details how their family use the word 'baffies' instead of 'slippers'.

Evolving English: Voicebank

This recording comes from the Evolving English: VoiceBank, which is a celebration of English accents worldwide. The collection, created between November 2010 and April 2011 by visitors to the British Library exhibition ‘Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices’, includes contributors of all ages and embraces varieties of English in the UK and overseas including non-native speakers.



[Unnamed speaker]:
I like the word baffies, which, in my family, from the east coast of Scotland has always been used for slippers. I don’t know where it comes from, but I’ve always loved the sound of it. It’s got a kind of cosy, warm feel, just because of the type of footwear it’s for. So I think it’s a really appropriate word and I like using it. But I can’t convince my children, who are not born in Scotland, to use it at all.

Baffies: dialect word for 'slippers'
Sound recording

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