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Old 12-07-2010, 02:31 PM
 
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Just a minor question, not very important, but something I've always wondered about:

Any truth in the stereotype of the Scots people being quite/very frugal?
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Old 12-07-2010, 04:06 PM
 
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Just a minor question, not very important, but something I've always wondered about:

Any truth in the stereotype of the Scots people being quite/very frugal?
No
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:19 PM
 
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Just a minor question, not very important, but something I've always wondered about:

Any truth in the stereotype of the Scots people being quite/very frugal?

Yup.......just like the Irish are all belligerent drunks, the English only drink tea, all Canadians are polite, and the loud braggart in the corner is bound to be a Yank.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:23 AM
 
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There's something in it, but not a lot. Like my Mother's people in Cardiganshire - who have a similar reputation - a high proportion of Scots people were poor, and therefore careful (the Irish stereotype came from much greater, hopeless poverty, where drink was, as they said in Lancashire, 'the quickest' - indeed only - 'way out of Manchester'). The false bit is the idea that the Scots are mean - in my own exerience, when appropriate, they are extremely generous, and great fun.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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Thanks for your replies. Sometimes, there's a wee kernel of truth in these stereotypes. Me, I'm of Hungarian extraction. We're reputedly the most emotional of all...and I hate to admit it, but it's very true in my case...stormy weather followed immediately by bright sunshine.

Nothing wrong with being frugal and thrifty...in fact, these days, it's a canny skill to have. I'm making Bubble & Squeak tonight as my frugal meal. Any tips? Never made it before.
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Yorkshire, England
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Thanks for your replies. Sometimes, there's a wee kernel of truth in these stereotypes. Me, I'm of Hungarian extraction. We're reputedly the most emotional of all...and I hate to admit it, but it's very true in my case...stormy weather followed immediately by bright sunshine.

Nothing wrong with being frugal and thrifty...in fact, these days, it's a canny skill to have. I'm making Bubble & Squeak tonight as my frugal meal. Any tips? Never made it before.
If my grandparents were around they'd know all about bubble and squeak, but I can't remember how they used to cook it. If you're Hungarian by descent do you have a very weird sense of humour? A Hungarian I once knew mentioned that as a national trait, and there's a Hungarian woman who works at the bank I go to who likes making strange comments that are supposedly jokes - I thought she was taking the **** until I got used to her. Just wondered!

EDIT - you can't even say the P word! That's not swearing!
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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Thanks for your replies. Sometimes, there's a wee kernel of truth in these stereotypes. Me, I'm of Hungarian extraction. We're reputedly the most emotional of all...and I hate to admit it, but it's very true in my case...stormy weather followed immediately by bright sunshine.

Nothing wrong with being frugal and thrifty...in fact, these days, it's a canny skill to have. I'm making Bubble & Squeak tonight as my frugal meal. Any tips? Never made it before.
I love Bubble & Squeak - make sure you get it crispy round the edges, nothing worse than soggy Bubble & Squeak
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:01 PM
 
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Crispy edges--got it. Yum, can hardly wait.

Weird sense of humor? No, don't think so. I'm good at joke telling and love to hear other jokes and think laughter cures a lot, but never have been accused of a strange sense of humor. But I've been called 'witty'--which, I must admit, makes me preen just a bit.

My high school yearbook poem, composed by school-mates, under my photo was:

Patti's pretty, and will always fit
She's filled with personality and wit.

(my best friend wrote it)
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:10 PM
 
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Moving seamlessly from frugal Scots to bubbles and squeak!

That's my kind of thread!

And yes- it must be crispy round the edges. It's my favourite meal at Christmas, usually eaten on Boxing Day.
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:19 PM
 
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Just a minor question, not very important, but something I've always wondered about:

Any truth in the stereotype of the Scots people being quite/very frugal?
Well I only know three . . . and they aren't frugal. I am super frugal (and my roots are all Scottish). Maybe it skips a generation? LOL
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