No True Scotsman punches an American in the face.
March 31, 2010 9:51 AM Subscribe
A few years back, my friend Russell (mid-twenties, American, white, male) was in Scotland, at a bus stop. It was late at night, he'd been drinking, and some guy (mid-twenties, British, white, male) came up and angrily asked him "Are you of Scottish descent?" Russell raised his hands and eyebrows in a confused "Whoa, no idea what you're on about" gesture and said, "Buddy, you got the wrong guy." The man then punched Russell in the face. WHY?
posted by Greg Nog to Society & Culture (48 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
It is, of course, perfectly likely that this particular British dude was just some individual lunatic, or way drunk, or methed up, or some combination of the above. But are there generally a lot of young Scotsman who go around getting angry at Americans sullying the soil of their homeland? Or are there a lot of young Englishmen who hate Scottish-descended folk so much that they're willing to inquire into the ethnicity of an American to see if they should be punched for it? Does there exist a seething undercurrent of nationalism in Scotland that's frequently used as a halfhearted excuse for getting one's violence on?
Note that I have no idea what part of the UK the puncher hailed from; Russell thought he was Scottish, but then, Russell was in his cups and may have misheard dude's accent.
I guess what this question boils down to, ultimately, is: in the event that I take a trip to Scotland: A) what's the likelihood of finding myself in a similar situation? and B) would it generally be safer to say "yes", "no", or simply try to sucker-punch the other guy first and take off running?