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Lang mae yer lums reek

\ læŋ \ meɪ \ jɜr \ lʌmz \ rik \

A traditional Scottish saying to wish someone a long and healthy life. 

The literal translation is “long may your chimneys smoke”, signifying historically that if a person is keeping a fire burning then they are still prosperous and healthy. In Scotland, it is often used as a New Year’s greeting and sometimes as a drinking toast or to say farewell. It is particularly popular with Club Vita’s founder, Douglas Anderson. 

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