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  • BBC: 'I don't want them to see us as a nation of bevviers and swalliers. Where the image that first comes to mind of Scotland is of drunkenness and violence. I don't want our people and land constantly portrayed and seen almost as synonymous with drink and aggression.'

    Possibly a Scots slang or dialect word? Of the very few Google results, the first suggests it's a surname.

    October 18, 2008

  • Swally is Scottish (and maybe Irish?) slang for booze, both as noun and verb - I presume a corruption of swallow. Bevvier would seem to come from bevy in the same way.

    I seem to recall seeing swally in the Dublinese of the likes of Joyce and Flann O'Brien, though I could be wrong.

    October 18, 2008