Scottishisms: "Taps aff"


taps affEnglish 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




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