Such a Bonny, Couthie Lad: TAE Word for the Day

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Richard as his usual friendly and genial self on the BAFTA red carpet.

couthie: (adj.) agreeable; genial; kindly.

Couthie stems from the Old English word cuth, originally meaning “to know.” It arose in the 1700s in Scotland in the sense of “agreeable.”

When I think of Richard in his encounters with fans, whether on the red carpet, or outside of a TV studio, on a film set, or otherwise, I think of how sweet and pleasant he always appears to be. I’d say that bonny lad is downright couthie.

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Richard signing autographs for fans at Comic-Con July 2012.Courtesy of cambear

Richard signing autographs for fans at Comic-Con July 2012.
Courtesy of cambear

Thank you, Richard, for being so couthie to all the Ardent Armitage Aficionados out there!

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Richard reading fan's sign at Hobbit event in Toronto.

Richard reading fan’s sign at Hobbit event in Toronto.

Richard with blogger fan on Black Sky set.Courtesy of awkwardcelebencounters

Richard with blogger fan on Black Sky set.
Courtesy of awkwardcelebencounters

12 responses »

  1. Richard is bonny and couthie, that’s for sure. I love how sweet and generous he is to his admirers, how gracious and yet flirty he can be.

  2. Bonny and couthie!! Now you are talking MY language!! “Bonny” is certainly better known but I think “couthie” is used much more in Scotland than anywhere else. It certainly is a very familiar word to me as my family used it all the time. Richard certainly fits the bill for both words in my estimation! 😉

  3. I simply adore your “word for the day” posts, Angie! I study English as a second language and learning new words from this RA context is a truly enjoyable “class”! Thanks!

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