‘Ye canny forget the Cant’

‘Ye canny forget the Cant’ is an alphabet of Travellers’ words created by Kelly Stewart and Jo Waterhouse with contributions from the Traveller community. We hope it will encourage children, their families and education staff to explore, enjoy and share the Cant language.

The Cant is said to mean ‘speech’ and comes from the Gaelic word ‘cainnt’. It is a vibrant, varied language, spoken by many Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across the UK. It draws upon Gaelic, Sanskrit, Scots and Romany and there are different versions in Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland. It also varies between Highland and Lowland communities across Scotland.

INTRO | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z