minstrel: Bardic and other terms

Alexandria Long longalex at pirates.Armstrong.EDU
Mon Apr 28 10:38:43 PDT 1997


Thank you, I stand corrected. But I still cringe at the term "Scotch". 
then again, I drank too much of it once long ago, but that's another
tale...
---Ceara ni Neill



On Mon, 28 Apr 1997 mn13189 at WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU wrote:

> On Mon, 28 Apr 1997, Alexandria Long wrote:
> 
> > > 2.  In early lowland Scotch: A strolling musician or minstrel 1449.
> > 
> > I'm not so nitpicky about the term "bard", but this is a really big
> > peeve...: "Scotch" refers to products of Scotland, while "Scottish" refers
> > to the people and the language; but please don't be offended by my
> > selective exactness.
> > ---Ceara ni Neill
> 
> Since this is a peeve of yours, and you are admittedly nitpicky, I thought
> I might correct you on one count.
> You say that "Scottish" refers to teh people and the language.  The
> language, as a proper noun, is "Scots."  However, if you are using the
> term descriptively, it would be correct to say "Scottish accent."  But may
> I point out that there is a difference between someone speaking Scots and
> someone speaking English with a Scottish accent.
> As to the "Scotch" / "Scottish" debate, the most frequently heard rule is
> that Scotch is a drink, and Scottish descibes the people and culture.
> However, after having worked with, talked to, and learned from many
> Scottish and Scottish-American people, I find that the two terms are used
> interchangably, and that, in general, "Scottish" is used more frequently,
> although no one cringes when someone uses the term "Scotch."  I hear
> Scots-Irish and Scotch-Irish about as often as one another.  Occasionally
> I'll get someone who corrects someone who uses "Scotch," but to most
> people, it does not matter.
> Aye,
> Eogan Albanach
> 
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