A quiz for you, Jimmy

Bit of a relapsy thingy, having gone out for the first time for awhile yesterday –
coughing, ears, throat again today, so only one question this evening.

What’s significant about Scotland, kilts, bagpipes, haggis, porridge, whisky and tartan?

The key in this question is not the obvious answer which historically au fait readers would all know but can you list the various origins?

Answers either when you give them or mid-evening when I wake up.Β  By the way, just had another earth tremor, everything not nailed down is rattling – there was one last evening too.

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8 comments for “A quiz for you, Jimmy

  1. Distant Relative
    February 19, 2018 at 18:46

    What’s significant about Scotland..?

    Tarmac. πŸ˜›

    • February 19, 2018 at 19:03

      Apart from that?

      • Distant Relative
        February 19, 2018 at 19:35

        The Krankies?

        Kilts and whisk[e]y originated in Ireland as did the Scots. Tartan originated in France?

    • Mudplugger
      February 19, 2018 at 19:52

      Pneumatic tyres – because they wouldn’t spend the money on tarmac.

  2. February 19, 2018 at 20:43

    No takers? Uh-huh.

    Scotland: Scoti, Celtic tribe from Ireland
    kilts: Irish but the word is Danish
    bagpipes: Central Asia, mentioned in Daniel
    haggis: Ancient Greek sausage
    porridge: Neolithic bog dwellers
    whisky: Ancient China
    tartan: The English after the ’45

    • Distant Relative
      February 19, 2018 at 21:31

      ‘scuse me squire wot abaht this then ?
      “Kilts …… originated in Ireland as did the Scots.”


      “The word itself is much older than the pattern we know as tartan today, with tartan-like fabrics dating back as far as the 8th century B.C., and the earliest Scottish check tartan dating to the 3rd century A.D. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE WORD TARTAN COMES FROM A FRENCH WORD THAT MEANS β€œWOVEN CLOTH,” and as late as the 1830s tartan was used to describe plain colored woven cloth, according to Scottish Parliament.”

      The Invisible Man πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    • dearieme
      February 20, 2018 at 10:58

      “tartan: The English after the ’45” You’re in fantasy land there, Jimmeh. There are pre-’45 portraits showing tartans. And it seems much more likely that tartans are far older.

      “Scoti, Celtic tribe from Ireland” – probably more accurate to call ’em Irish pirates and colonists.

      kilts, haggis, pipes, porridge: probably old as the hills over much of the world. Oats, however, as a domesticated crop originated in Europe – I read once that they are the only major historical crop to have originated in Europe.

      whisky: distillation in the West goes back to the moslem period in Spain. I doubt that those muselmen were Irish. There’s a clue in the word al-cohol.

  3. February 20, 2018 at 03:30

    Well that went about as well as expected. πŸ™‚

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