Sunday, 18 November 2007

Scotch Gents This Way

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Ignoring the apostrophe abuse, left is the new down in Edinburgh.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps it was an intentional mistake but Scotch is a drink, Scots are people from Scotland.

18 November 2007 at 18:04  
Blogger Gez said...

Not strictly true, Anonymous. Scotch is an adjective meaning from Scotland, albeit a pejorative one when referring to inhabitants. Are you Scottish, Anonymous? If you are then I understand your objection.

19 November 2007 at 12:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was hoping more for a "oops, typo" rather than a "Yup, we're using archaic derogatory language on a blog about grammar".

But, of course I'm Scottish, why else would I object?

20 November 2007 at 10:10  
Blogger Gez said...

I can't speak for Tom, who wrote the entry, but I met a man in a pub in Edingborough (I think his name was Jock McTaggart) who informed me that the Scotch loved to be referred to as such; apparently it reminds them how well looked after they are by British people.

I jest.

20 November 2007 at 10:27  
Blogger Dan said...

The use of 'Scotch' was encouraged by me, GrammarBlog's Scotland correspondent, and my Scotch wife.

It was used in complete irony as I know the ire it (Scotch) provokes.

Interestingly, I have heard older Scotch folk refer to themselves as such, though I only use it as my Leodensian grandmother does, which I have always enjoyed.

It's Spanish referees the Scotch should be angry at right now, not grammar provocateurs.

20 November 2007 at 10:46  

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