What’s the Difference Between Scot and Scotch?

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The English and the Americans may say “Scotch” but in Scotland it’s “Scots”. (Scotch is whiskey). It’s easy to be confused, “Scotch” whiskey is made by the Scottish and there were many colonial immigrants to America known as Scotch-Irish, really Scots-Irish. If you are fortunate enough to go to Scotland you may want to pronounce it as Scot instead of Scotch. The Scotch version has been accepted as colloquial but the literary version and more pleasing to the Scots is … Scot.

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About Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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