Though the term scotsmen simply refers to men who are from Scotland, for many people it conveys a stereotypical view which often includes the following: wearing tartan and sporrans, playing the bagpipes, eating haggis and porridge, being drunk, swearing incomprehensibly, drinking whisky, tossing the caber, fighting with the english and being miserly.

Scotsmen are also a vital component of any joke which begins "There was an englishman, an irishman and a scotsman..."

Finally, scotsmen are also a key feature of the Monty Python sketch entitled "Science Fiction sketch". In this sketch, aliens from the galaxy of Andromeda were turning people into scotsmen in order to win Wimbledon.

Scots"man (-man), n.

See Scotchman.


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