Scottishisms: "Taps aff"
English translation: Tops off
Used to comment on a situation in which the weather has become warm enough to allow Scottish men to remove their upper layers of clothing.
Whenever the level on your thermometer rises above 16˚C. Particularly good for social media updates and hashtags.
I think it's going to be taps aff weather today.
or Quick, sun's out! #tapsaff
This expression is often followed by someone either removing their shirt or posting a photo of pale men with t-shirt shaped tan lines.
To find out if it's taps aff or taps oan (tops on) weather where you are, visit the Scottish weather service website at www.taps-aff.co.uk
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