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Santa What does 'English' mean? (75* d) RE: What does 'English' mean? 17 Dec 07

Not just a swerve ball in snooker/billiards, but also in baseball, I believe?

Apparently Sassenach was originally a Highland term for Lowland Scots, and only later became attached to the English. Presumably this was a recognition of the Lowland Scots Saxon roots, the Scots (or Lalland?) language being a version of English, not merely an attractive accent. (Or possibly the Highlanders thought the Lowlanders so beneath mention that calling them English was about as insulting as the Highland imagination ran to? This seems unlikely.)

Being English means having to be tolerant and understanding towards the torrents of bile and resentment poured out from those (no doubt otherwise worthy) individuals who are so bitter at their lack of equal fortune of birth.

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