In Braveheart (1995), William Wallace wants Murron to ridee with him but her parents won't approve:

William Wallace: It's good Scottish weather, madam. The rain is falling straight down. Slightly to the side, like.

Mother: She can't go with you.

William Wallace: No?

Mother: No the now, anyway.

What does "No the now" mean?


"No the now" is Scottish English dialect and should be understood to mean "not just now", or "not right now". "The now" is perhaps one of the most widely known Scotticisms (at least among British English speakers).

Wikipedia notes that "an archetypal example of an overt Scotticism is 'Och aye the noo', which translates as 'Oh yes, just now'". Although these days, this precise phrase is more of a stereotype than an archetype, and not likely to be said by a Scot.


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