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From: "Allan Connochie" <>
Subject: Re: What is the meaning of the term "Scot-Irish"
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2003 21:54:15 -0000
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"Is Mise Gan Ainm" <> wrote in message
> Well, Just check the Concise Oxford English Dictionary
> [9th.Ed] to read:
> " Scotch, adj &n. adj,var. of Scottish or Scots. n. 1 var.
> of Scottish or Scots. 2. Scotch whisky. [contraction of
> Scottish]"
> So, it is an acceptable variation for Scottish people or
> Scottish whisky.

Acceptable to whom though? surely that is the point? What you left out was
the following paragraph explaining usage. [ie Scotch is generally regarded
as offensive by Scottish people]

Scotch was an English word which became used in Scotland too but has since
fallen out of use and has become a mildly abusive term except for in certain
circumstances [ie the egg, the whisky, the mist] and the word is often used
by others in a derogatory sense. That is people often call Scottish people
Scotch when they are trying to annoy them as they know that Scots dislike
this term. Many non-British people don't realise this and innocently refer
to Scots as being Scotch so they are usually politely [or sometimes not so
politely right enough] told that the word is disliked. To go on insisting
that the term is acceptable once you are told this would be crossing the
rubicon from being innocently ignorant to being intentionally abusive.


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