Things Not To Say To Scottish People? 18 Scottish Phrases to Ruin Your Trip
“I’m from Scotland, and I love it when visitors to Edinburgh imitate my accent inexcusably badly. It’s very creative and funny. I just wish they would do it while sporting a ginger wig. likewise, play the bagpipes.”
While visiting Scotland, you most likely won’t hear that.
No one will ever say it, therefore.
Scottish people have peculiar accents. Informed of it. You are aware of it. However, despite your desperation to impart your profound wisdom, they don’t need you to tell them a million times.
In Scotland, you don’t have to keep reminding people that they speak strangely.
They think your speech is odd. You strangeo.
There are numerous verbal cliches used by travelers who believe they are the first to notice their completely unoriginal observation.
However, that is not the only one. Here are 18 more things you should avoid saying to Scots:
1. “There Is No Loch Ness Monster”
We all know that it doesn’t, but for reasons I can’t quite fathom, some Scots really do believe that a large, stupid monster is buried deep within Loch Ness.
Although the entire idea is absurd and incomprehensible, many Scots find it to be a source of national pride. Simply leave it alone.
I’ve made numerous attempts to argue this. Don’t make the same stupid error I did; I’ve regretted it every time. Everyone will be happier if you just act as though a strange dinosaur creature lives in a loch in the middle of the countryside.
And it’s eternal, too.
2. “My Favorite Part of England is Scotland”
You idiot, Scotland is not a part of England.
And while we’re at it, Scottish people don’t like it when England and Scotland are compared. Except if you claim that Scotland is superior in every way, in which case they might be intrigued.
Scotland and England occasionally engage in friendly but competitive rivalry, and Scots dislike being mistaken for English people. or having their nation mistaken for England. or dislike having their cities compared to English ones. You get the picture.
Instead, become familiar with the regions of the UK.
3. “What are your thoughts on Scottish independence?”
As you might have inferred from the foregoing, it is not a good idea to discuss the politics between Scotland and England. And given that the UK recently (and stupidly) decided to leave the EU, that especially refers to Scottish independence.
4. “What is your preferred soccer team?”
It’s “football” first and foremost.
It’s a well-known hot-button topic as well. When it comes to the topic of 22 men they don’t know kicking a ball around a field, people from both Scotland and England can be extremely partisan. The part that crosses the white line in between the two white sticks is the best.
Don’t bother starting conversations about football when you’re in Scotland unless you enjoy getting riled up over things that don’t really matter.
or while visiting England.
Or with me, given that Newcastle is the world’s best team on a purely objective basis. They are so awful that it doesn’t even matter.
5. “You Guys Talk Funny, Hahaha. Who Is Talking About What?
This isn’t a novel insight, as I said earlier.
One doesn’t care.
In all seriousness, you’ll probably fall in love with the Scottish accent once you get used to it. It has one of the cutest accents in the entire world. Every sentence is liberally sprinkled with a huge and hilarious collection of quirky colloquialisms, and it has a rhythm all its own.
Its charm lies in the fact that it is difficult to comprehend.
Everyone has seen Braveheart, I suppose. But nobody is going to laugh at your mediocre impression of Mel Gibson’s mediocre portrayal of Scots.
You won’t be satisfied if you assume that everyone in Scotland is wearing a face painted with the Scottish flag.
There aren’t many Scottish people who paint their faces. Mel Gibson won’t be present either. Unless he is away while you are, which would be cool, to be honest.
If that does occur, you could probably run around while yelling “Freeeeeeeedooooom” in a way that is acceptable and appropriate.
But it won’t take place.
Groundskeeper Willie is even less likely to be seen.
7. “How Come You’re Ginger? Why are all people ginger? Is that you, Ron Weasley?”
In Scotland, ginger people are common. Scotland is the most gingerly country in the world, trailing only Ireland.
It has to do with vitamin D because ginger-haired people can absorb vitamin d more easily, which is beneficial in a country where there is a painfully obvious lack of sun.
But in Scotland, you won’t get a response to this question that has anything to do with vitamin D. Most likely, you’ll just receive a punch.
International Kiss a Ginger Day is observed in Scotland in January as a way to recognize all the people with red hair and fair skin. Just ask for consent before beginning any kissing.
8. “What Is This Strange Money You Guys Have? Use the Same Currency as England, Don’t You? Is this a Monopoly scene? LOL Got Ya!”
Real money exists in Scotland. Although it looks different, it is exactly the same currency as that used in England.
Scottish people are constantly told by amusing foreigners that their money isn’t real money. Ten million years ago, that might have been funny, but it’s now just a tired cliche.
Strangely, shops in England frequently decline to accept Scottish currency, which annoys a lot of Scots.
9 “Nice Skirt Bro,”
A kilt is not a skirt. You won’t be the first person to have astutely noticed the slight similarities between them, though, if you compare them to one another.
Kilts, which have a Gaelic heritage, do, let’s face it, resemble skirts. But keep that a secret.
10. “What Are You Wearing Under Your Kilt?”
No matter who you ask, they almost certainly have underwear on. Not everybody in Scotland parades their genitalia in public.
11. “I’m Scottish Too! Wow, We’re Basically Brothers!”
You are not Scottish just because your great-great-grandfather was one-third Scottish.
Stop acting fake.
For some reason, many people from all over the world—especially those from the US—like to dress up as distant Scots. Don’t join their ranks.
12. “I’ve heard Glasgow is the most dangerous city in the world. is It? Would I perish there? Will Someone Kill Me? Do I Have a Chance?”
Trying a Little Too Hard?
The city of Glasgow is not a ghettoized slum.
It may have been quite frightful fifty years ago, but it’s incredible now. It has an unrivaled music scene, is home to some of the best cultural attractions in the entire UK, and is a great starting point for exploring the Scottish Highlands.
Glasgow is much friendlier, more approachable, and more welcoming than it used to be.
Contrary to popular belief, Glasgow doesn’t have an endless supply of the following:
Three-toothed football hooligans who want to punch you (and only you) in the head.
Crazy people with knives whose only goal in life is to steal your money.
With ten million robbers living in the city and eagerly anticipating the day they can rob you, there are no streetlights at all.
a city-wide plot to sabotage your vacation.
Yes, there are dangerous areas in Glasgow. However, there are dangerous areas in almost every city in the world. There is no point in traveling at all if you are going to circle the globe while being terrified of every place you go.
There isn’t a tense, menacing undercurrent. Instead, there is excitement and fun.
Quit being suspicious.
13. “Why is Haggis So Disgusting You Weirdo?”
Haggis tastes good. It’s made of odd ingredients, but it tastes good. Organs that have been mashed up and wrapped in a sheep’s stomach have never tasted so good.
Yes, I realize that it is a peculiar national dish. However, don’t let the horror tales scare you off. Once you’ve had a tiny taste, you’ll be sending tons of the product back home.
14 “You’re from one of the Scottish Islands? Do You Even Know What the Internet Is? Have You Got a Phone? Do You Have a Cousin You Are Married To? Hahahaha.”
The Scottish islands aren’t all that far from civilization. They resemble the rest of the world in most respects.
There is this really bizarre notion that Scottish islands are primitive holdovers from a time when everyone rode a horse to work, had no teeth, and never ventured more than five miles from their own home.
It might be funny, but it’s not true.
The islands of Scotland are magnificent, and you should try to visit some of them. They provide some of the world’s bleakest, most inaccessible, and fascinating landscapes.
15. “Is This Summerisle from the Wicker Man? Are You Going to Burn Me to Death?”
No, there aren’t a ton of incredibly bizarre cults on Scottish islands. They are crowded with shoppers for groceries. and visit the theater. likewise read online articles, just like you.
By the way, hello.
The islands of Scotland are typical places to live. Stornoway, the capital of Lewis and Harris island, is located here.
16. “Do You Drink Alcohol EVERY SINGLE DAY?”
Yes, people from Scotland (as well as England and Ireland) enjoy heavy alcohol consumption. It’s an odd cultural phenomenon.
In Scotland, bars are similar to churches.
Everyone goes to the pub when someone has a birthday. Everyone gathers at the pub to express their sorrow after a death. Everyone heads to the pub when someone has just had a baby.
Even the infant is permitted, but only a soft drink (for now).
Pubs in the UK are a unique species. You haven’t been to a real pub unless you’ve been to one in the UK or Ireland. However, after you’ve been in one, you’ll unquestionably understand why there are so many. And why so many people adore them.
They are hospitable, welcoming, and cozy, and the interior design is always adorably vintage.
17. “Och Aye the Noo”
The classic Scottish idiom that so many foreigners—including English people—love to use.
You won’t hear this every five minutes while you’re in Scotland, despite what the TV may have told you. If you’re interested, it means “oh yes just now.”
Most likely, you won’t even notice it.
18. “I Love Midges So Much”
Because you won’t love them, you won’t have to worry about not saying this.
The world’s most irritating thing; until you spend a day with Scotland’s midges, you haven’t really had a bad day.
Midges, despite their tiny size, can utterly ruin your trip to Scotland if you don’t take the proper precautions to keep them at bay.
… That is something you should never say to a Scot. And Scottish etiquette.
Nobody is interested in your opinion on Scottish independence, your opinion that kilts are funny, or your stupid (and horribly inaccurate) Scottish impression.
Everything that has been said has already been said, sighed at, and bored people to tears.
In spite of their sarcasm, Scottish people are among the friendliest in the world. And they’ll laugh along with the majority of your jokes.
Scottish people are among the most laid-back people on the planet, and they enjoy having fun together and with one another.
If you can, try to steer clear
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