If you believe all the stories a true Scotsman is identified by:
a) his ginger hair
b) a modest boast that he wears nothing under his kilt
c) has an appetite for deep fried Mars bars
d) utters an unintelligible Scottish language that mixes Queens English with words and phrases like ‘guan yer’sel big man’, and ‘haud yer wheesht’ .
Then you may be interested in reading on…
While there is some truth in all of the above the ‘modern’ Scotsman is more likely only to wear his kilt on special occasions such as weddings/ funerals. He is more likely to prefer a panini and latte to a deep fried Mars bar. Also he probably does not have ginger hair (although 40% of the population of Edinburgh, the global capital for ginger heads, carry the ginger gene).
How to tell a true Scotsman…
So how do you tell a true Scotsman if not from how he looks, speaks and dresses?
There are we think three litmus tests:
1. He likes drinking whisky, our national drink. The term ‘whisky’ derives originally from the Gaelic ‘uisge beatha’, or ‘usquebaugh’, meaning ‘water of life’. Whisky has been distilled in Scotland for hundreds of years with evidence that the art of distilling may have been brought to the country by Christian missionary monks and the earliest reference to a distillery in the Acts of the Scottish Parliament appears to be in 1690, when mention is made of the famous Ferintosh distillery owned by Duncan Forbes of Culloden near Inverness.
2. He just loves drinking our other national drink, ’Irn Bru’, particularly to recover after drinking lots of whisky. Iron Bru is a carbonated soft drink, produced by A.G. Barr of Glasgow and outsells Coca Cola in Scotland.
3. He knows that there is indeed, a Loch Ness Monster!
What do you think?
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