KT Tunstall teaches US TV hosts Scots slang ahead of performance

The Scots singer spoke to CNN's Chloe Melas and Anderson Cooper before performing in Times Square.

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Skinny Malinky: KT Tunstall teaches Anderson Cooper Scots slang.

KT Tunstall taught TV hosts including Anderson Cooper Scottish slang words before performing in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

The Scottish singer was in New York preparing to take to the stage when she was interviewed by CNN’s Chloe Melas. 

Melas told Tunstall that her hit song Suddenly I See was the soundtrack to her youth.

“I have to tell you, Suddenly I See was like the theme song to my teen years,” she told the singer.

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Tunstall replied: “I love to hear it, it’s amazing.”

Melas then asked Tunstall to teach her some “dirty Scottish words” live on air.

Tunstall said: “It means turd but it’s much better than turd because it sounds friendlier, it’s jobby.”

In response, Anderson Cooper said via video link: “What about a skinny malink?”, adding that his Scottish nanny used to say it to him as a child. 

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Tunstall replied: “Skinny malinky long longs!”

Preparing to perform hit songs Black Horse and The Cherry Tree, Suddenly I See and Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down around 9pm, Tunstall said she was “nervous” about performing in Times Square.

“I am a little bit nervous because there is quite a lot of people watching all over the world which is pretty exciting,” she said. 

“I’ve been doing this a while so I know what I’m doing,” she added. 

Tunstall performed for a second time just before midnight, singing John Lennon’s Imagine before the New York City mayor pushed the button that sees the traditional New Year’s Eve ball begin to drop to signify the countdown to the New Year. 

When asked if she was making any New Year’s resolutions, she replied: “Just eat more butter and wear pants less.”