The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59418   Message #1854535
Posted By: Amos
09-Oct-06 - 07:44 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Just for the record and for those who puzzle such things, the phrase is country Scots for a small house of two rooms, often build into a hillside, or thatched, small and uncomfortable, once used by peasants or shepherds. The ben is the outer room, the but the inner room, and that's all there is!

How those smart-ass little ragamuffins in Edinburgh would learn such an obscure phrase is beyond me.