Scotland's cheeky humour in reaction to the storm that struck the country has even found itself referred to by politicians.

SNP MSP Rob Gibson used a live interview on Scotland Tonight to refer to the weather using a term that had become popular on the social networking sites Twitter and Facebook.

The Highlands and islands MSP was on STV's current affairs programme talking about why the Scottish Government's planned £11bn expenditure on climate change is justified by the extreme weather conditions that hit Scotland on Thursday.

While Twitter users widely used the #scotstorm hashtag to signify their tweets were on the subject of the weather that was battering the country, another alternative tag evolved using a more earthy phrase in the Glasgow Scots vernacular.

This hashtag would become the number one trending subject on Twitter during the course of Thursday, no doubt to the bewilderment of those less familiar with the subtleties of the Scots language.

On Friday, deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon posted messages on Twitter thanking the public for their patience and heeding advice, and thanking the emergency services, transport companies, utilities and councils.

She also tweeted: "Thanks to twitter for displaying the good old Scottish humour in the face of adversity #youknowwhatimtalkingabout."

STV's weather presenter Sean Batty struggled with the unofficial name of the storm, saying on air on Thursday night: "Scotstorm has been trending for most of today,  and I imagine it will through tonight as the stormy conditions continue, although some of you are also using an alternative name for the storm."

The Met Office has not given an official name for the storm, so the event will most probably be referred to by its unofficial name for years to come.
 

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