Some words that I grew up hearing don't seem to need an explanation but we know how that goes.
Weans : small children.
It's simply wee 'uns merged to make a new word.
But then we have ......
Greet : cry.
And it's not so obvious.
I mention these two words in one post as when I was growing up in N. Ireland, they often went together, or at least they were formed to go together.
Crying children became greetin' weans.
Of course I was never accused of greetin' or greeting. Not much anyway. I stoically suffered all that life threw at me which considering I was once run over by a set of farming discs being pulled by a tractor, shows that as well as being a 'wee dote' I was also a 'brave wee dote.'
(I hope you've all been keeping up with my UWOTD posts or else you'll be lost by now).
But when I went to boarding school at 11, my greetin' made up for lost time. I think it started when my parents car disappeared from view at roughly the same time as 4 huge 6th formers took it's place in my eyeline.
It ended when I drove out the school gates 7 years later.