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WTF? "Jag" for "injection";!

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duchesse Fri 10-Dec-10 22:05:20

I had never heard the word "jag" used to mean jab or injection until on here a few days ago. Since then I've seen it pop up time and time again. It's beginning to really irritate me. Is it some kind of regional variation on "jab" or are people just getting it wrong?

LauraNorder Fri 10-Dec-10 22:07:15

Used in the military a lot. We always referred to imms/jabs as jags.

VFemme Fri 10-Dec-10 22:09:06

I've always called them jags.

Jag/jaggy is a Scottish word meaning sharp.

"Jaggy Thistle"

pooka Fri 10-Dec-10 22:10:06

It irritates me too.

Though makes sense now Vfemme has explained the sharp reference.

AitchTwoOh Fri 10-Dec-10 22:10:32

jag means sharp in jocko. i love jag for injection, actually, it thoroughly pleases me. grin

Sidge Fri 10-Dec-10 22:11:23

Must be a regional thing, I've not heard it used except on here. Didn't use it in the military either but that was darn sarf!

duchesse Fri 10-Dec-10 22:11:52

So when you're actually having an injection north of the border, does the doctor or nurse say "Jaggy scratch coming up now"?

BoysAreLikeDogs Fri 10-Dec-10 22:11:57

yy aitch

[wed to a Fifer]

CaptainKirksNipples Fri 10-Dec-10 22:12:08

I say this unless talking to someone medical! grin I am Scottish

suzikettles Fri 10-Dec-10 22:12:10

Yes it was always "jag" when I was growing up (Scotland).

BoysAreLikeDogs Fri 10-Dec-10 22:13:07

hang on, consulting the oracle

yes, he would not be surprised if this was said


SnowMuchToBits Fri 10-Dec-10 22:16:08

When I've heard people saying Jag, I have assumed they meant Jab, but didn't get it quite right. (Southerner here)

AitchTwoOh Fri 10-Dec-10 22:17:35

nah, they say sharp scratch. jaggy is a bit kiddy, perhaps? whereas jag, the noun, is not... <muses>

AitchTwoOh Fri 10-Dec-10 22:19:24

although thinking about it, jaggy nettles is used up here with the reverence most often shown for the latin name.

also any team called thistle is known as 'the jags'. partick thistle, inverness cally thistle.

Caz10 Fri 10-Dec-10 22:19:59

Jab sounds weird!
Def a jag

I a a jock too grin

nevergoogle Fri 10-Dec-10 22:21:48

i always had jags as a kid too.
it's not wrong, it's different.

AitchTwoOh Fri 10-Dec-10 22:21:49

<sighs> we have so much to teach them, do we not, my scottish sisters? wink

suzikettles Fri 10-Dec-10 22:23:36

Jab sounds blunt to me - you'd jab someone with your finger or give them a jab in the ribs with your elbow.

Now, jag - that's a sharp word right there.

ShanahansRevenge Fri 10-Dec-10 22:26:53

I always assumed people had misheard "Jab"...but it must be a Scottish thing then..

QueeferSantaland Fri 10-Dec-10 22:28:06

I thought it was scottish.

You see lots of lovely scottish phrases on here.
Not heard a sarnie refered to as a piece for a while. Or a numpty as a tube.

nevergoogle Fri 10-Dec-10 22:29:35

<links arms with aitch> yes we do my friend.

stleger Fri 10-Dec-10 22:36:08

Dh is from Northern Ireland, and is common as muck. He has jags for flu and banana pieces. I'm also from NI - I'm very posh though!

glasjam Sat 11-Dec-10 00:47:44

Jag sounds more like a prick. Jab sounds more like a punch. But I must admit to being surprised when I first heard a health visitor saying "jag". Got used to it now. Sometimes I think people on Mumsnet underestimate how large the Scottish massive is on here! Big up!

AitchTwoOh Sat 11-Dec-10 00:50:30

oooo oooo <fist punch>

SparkleSoiree Sat 11-Dec-10 00:51:56

Yep, Scottish variation for sharp. Use it for jabs too. grin

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