Hurricane Bawbag caused a storm – literally- yesterday as the cheeky term was used to refer to the extreme weather that ripped through Scotland.
#HurricaneBawbag was trending on Twitter and while most Scots seemed happy to use the phrase, putting smiles on the faces of many in the light of some pretty horrific conditions, Tweeters South of the Border were left a little bemused by the Hurricane’s name.
This Morning host Phillip Schofield wrote: “Just looking through my timeline! Scotland! Are you ok? And who thought to call the hurricane ball bag?!!” How posh that Schofe is.
The term particularly appealed to comedian Alan Carr’s sense of humour, as he Tweeted: “Normally hurricanes have drag queen names like Bernice or Velma but oh no not the scottish one #hurricanebawbag
“Sending my love to all you Scots - wrap up warm hens!! Don't let #hurricaOthnebawbag get you down.”
But our very own national treasure, Lorraine Kelly, embraced the bawbag (so to speak) as she told followers: “So at London City and flight has been called - waiting to board! #hurricanebawbag - you shall not defeat us!!
“Landed! That was hardcore!! Very bumpy but I am in Dundee - hurrah Up yours #hurricanebawbag” That’s our girl!
Even Eddie Mair got in on the action on Radio 4, saying: “There is a word being used on Twitter… there’s a Wikipedia entry already on this: Hurricane Bawbag."
He then went on to read out the information about the phrase, saying “it's based on the vulgar Scottish vernacular meaning… ah really!” Priceless.
Today, deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon posted messages on Twitter thanking the public, emergency services, transport companies, utilities and councils, before adding: "Thanks to twitter for displaying the good old Scottish humour in the face of adversity #youknowwhatimtalkingabout."
For a roundup of some of the best #HurricaneBawbag Tweets, check out Michael MacLennan’s feature here.
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