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From: Kathy Bates <>
Subject: Re: Sassenach - term of contempt?
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 15:08:25 -0400

so i guess it's safe to say, from all of these comments below, that i
shouldn't go calling a 6-foot tall+, red-haired, burly, Highlander smelling
of Scotch a "bl**dy sassenach", aye! :-}
yours, in orneriness,

>Edward Andrews said:
>> In circles in which I move, when the word is used it has such
>>extremely disparaging connotations that it is rarely used as being
>>grossly offensive to our southern neighbours.
>> It is usually used with a selection of adjectives.
>John Giacoletti, concurring with Edward Andrews, said:
>>"sassenach" is now a term of contempt used by
>>a Scot to mean an English person.
>I see things a little differently. From my perspective (not
>definitive, of course), the term is not used a lot. And when it's used
>by sane sober Scots (which is most of us, most of the time), it is
>nowadays more of a description than an insult.
>To be honest, the English use the term more than we do, and they use
>it to describe themselves. This usually occurs on festive occasions
>such as Hogmanay or Burns Night, when television journalists venture
>north from London. They pose for the cameras in Princes Street,
>Edinburgh, and cry "Hoots, mon; I'm a Sassenach" to the bemused
>Iain Sommerville
>Burntisland, Fife, Scotland

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