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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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DH Lawrence refers to Constance Chatterley's build and colouring as "Scotch".  As far as I know (I might be wrong), "Scot" is a noun, and "Scotch" a slightly old-fashioned adjective form of the modern "Scottish".  Hence Scotch Whisky (or is it 'Whiskey' – one of them is Irish) Ach, lassie! 'tis only a wee point...