from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A native or inhabitant of Scotland.
  • n. A member of the ancient Gaelic tribe that migrated to the northern part of Britain from Ireland in about the sixth century A.D. See Usage Note at Scottish.

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  • proper n. A person born in or native to Scotland.
  • proper n. A male given name, a rare spelling variant of Scott.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Middle English Scottes, Scotsmen, from Old English Scottas, Scotsmen, Irishmen, from Late Latin Scottī, Irishmen.

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Old English Scottas ("people from Ireland, Irishmen"), from Late Latin Scotti.


  • While Kapoor's structure may yet succeed in attracting global attention to an impoverished corner of England, the chants of "We want Gordon Strachan out" which proved the soundtrack to the latter parts of the deserved 2-1 defeat by Leeds United on Saturday evening indicated the Scot is no longer being offered the benefit of the doubt.

    Gordon Strachan running out of time to revive Middlesbrough's fortunes

  • And the idea of Jon Ronson's British PoV from the book being shoved into a midwestern version of himself played by a Scot is just ... kinda wrong, but fittingly bizarre. teufelsdroch

    The real-life "Men Who Stare at Goats" were even weirder - Boing Boing

  • Paki is a shortening of Pakistani, just as Scot is short for Scotsman.


  • Not every Scot is thrilled to have the lawfully-named Scottish Executive ‘rebranded’ as The Scottish Government.

    Archive 2007-09-02

  • Reginald Scot was attacked by James I in Daemonologie (1597), with the future king slating the one called Scot an Englishman and maintaining that such assaultes of Sathan are most certainly practised & that the instruments thereof, merits most severly to be punished.36 In Basilikon Doron (1599) he wrote: witchcraft takes its place with wilful murder, incest, sodomy, poisoning and false coining as horrible crimes that yee are bound in conscience neuer to forgiue.37


  • I've always thought of it as an "ancient" term that ceased to be current around 900 or so - perhaps not by coincidence, about the time the term Scot shows with relation to northern Britain.

    The Picts (or Cruithne, or Albans): What's in a name?

  • It has been almost forty years since the first biography, by the Scottish writer Janet Adam Smith, was published; this more recent effort, by another Scot, is intended to acquit Buchan of charges of bigotry and also of obsolescence.

    Great Scot

  • I used to live in Scotland as was always struck by the mindless acceptance of anything with the word Scot in front of it.

    The Glasgow Herald's little Scots

  • Living in a land where the Scot is surrounded by the visible memorials of a past for which he has had to fight-and taught in a way which still lays weight on the things of the spirit-he can balance the deeper, fundamental things against the material problems of possessions and of earning his living.

    St. Andrew's Day Special Meeting

  • The name Scot which they bore was derived from Scota, daughter of Pharaoh of Egypt, the wife of one of their chiefs; from their chief Miledh they got the name Milesians, and from another chief Goidel they were sometimes called Gadelians, or Gaels.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent


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