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Steve Shaw BS: The Term 'Scotch-Irish' (42) RE: BS: The Term 'Scotch-Irish' 11 May 19


Well I don't know how things are in the US, but here the use of "Scotch" in relation to Scotland and Scottish people is regarded with disfavour, and if you talk about "Scotch people" or "the Scotch" as a race you will be regarded as ignorant. "Scotch-Irish" is an unhelpful term and it's far better to find a substitute. The term "Scotch" should be used only for those other things we've mentioned, such as Scotch whisky, butterscotch, hopscotch, Scotch broth, Scotch mist, etc. And you're no less ignorant if you write "Scotch whiskey." If I'm just talking about "whisky" in generic terms that's the spelling I personally default to, though "whiskey" is fine if that's the way you want it. That's how things are these days this end, as I see them anyway.


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