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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
heleninwales
heleninwales
How Scottish are you?
I got 13/16 on this "Scottish Border Agency" nationality test. I admit to making a couple of inspired guesses, but for a person who is English-born and who has lived in Wales most of her adult life, I don't think that's bad. :)

How well would you do when it comes to passing as a native Scot?

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mevennen From: mevennen Date: December 5th, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got 12 out of 16. I am partially Scottish but a lot of these....I guessed.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: December 5th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Same score.
I'm 3/4 Irish...
We make a lot of stuff up. ;)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 5th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think if you're British, you kind of know what the right answer is likely to be.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 5th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think if you're British, you kind of know what the right answer is likely to be, so you're making educated guesses a lot of the time.
From: tychist Date: December 5th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got bored and started being silly so I only got nine. I do have a lot of scottish ancestors but I never met any of them so I'm staking no claim. :)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 5th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have no family connection with Scotland, other than one of my mother's best friends (auntie to me and my brother, though no actual relation) who regularly sent us Oor Wullie annuals when we were children. Then I did spend a whole summer on the Isle of Mull once as a student.
pickledginger From: pickledginger Date: December 5th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
10/16 -- and no complaints!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 5th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would say that was definitely a pass!
steepholm From: steepholm Date: December 5th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
11 out of 16. One Glaswegian great-grandfather is my lot, so this feels about right.

I don't think the phrase "Athens of the North" is a tribute to any UNESCO endorsement, pace the information on that site. Surely it dates from the Scottish Enlightenment? Or so I've always assumed.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 5th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed I always thought that "Athens of the North" pre-dated UNESCO too.
From: cmcmck Date: December 5th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
15 out of 16 (I didn't know what 'baffies' were) but then I am married to a Scot and have Scott and Cockburn ancestry myself. :o)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 5th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are definitely entitled to emigrate to Scotland based on that score. :)
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: December 5th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I BEAT YOU!!! I got 14!!!
From: cmcmck Date: December 5th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, but you're a Scot, innit! :op
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: December 5th, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Only by an accident of birth! This year, I'm Welsh, on account of the rugby...
From: cmcmck Date: December 6th, 2012 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
That's like me saying I'm Latvian on account of the football!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 6th, 2012 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
But you cheated by actually living in the country. :)

I must have absorbed more Scottishness than I realised, starting with my mother's best friend always sending us Oor Wullie annuals each Christmas. I also spent a whole summer on Mull as a student doing geological mapping and have retained a fondness for the place ever since.
caper_est From: caper_est Date: December 5th, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Snap! I'm English with strong ties to Wales and substantial Irish ancestry. This is presumably why every member of my immediate family on either side has a Scottish first name. My only other relevant connection to Scotland is that I have seen the Duke of Wellington with his special hat on.

I might have reached 14, but the author of the quiz seems to have privileged information about a certain beastie's salinity preferences.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 6th, 2012 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Was that the question about Nessie? I answered that one on the basis that the hake is a sea fish, so will never be found in a freshwater loch, though all the others might possibly be found there.
caper_est From: caper_est Date: December 6th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the one. I answered it on the basis that hake might be marine but so were plesiosaurs; and that the hake would be easier for some random lout to introduce by chucking it into the loch for not tasting very good; and that Bacchus endorsed my logic quite enthusiastically.

anghara From: anghara Date: December 5th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
eight out of sixteen. Eh. What can I say, they asked FOOTBALL QUESTIONS. If you can't be scottish without a football dimension, then it isn't me. And apparently you CAN catch Nessie in Loch Ness. Who knew.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 6th, 2012 09:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, the football question was a red herring because all the answers were wrong. :)

I think that being British helped a lot in answering the questions, for example I knew that the trams weren't still running. I answered the Nessie question on the basis that the hake is a sea fish, so will never be found in a freshwater loch, though all the others might possibly be found there. :)
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: December 5th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
10/16, but half of them were guesses. I have no Scottish ties at all.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 6th, 2012 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I actually have zero Scottish ancestry, but I must have absorbed more Scottishness than I realised, starting with my mother's best friend always sending us Oor Wullie annuals each Christmas. I also spent a whole summer on Mull as a student doing geological mapping and have retained a fondness for the place ever since.
carl_allery From: carl_allery Date: December 6th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
11/16 and no scottishness as far as I know, mostly Devon and Lancashire with a smattering of French. :) And I have an Oor Wullie annual somewhere, goodness knows who gave it to me. Thankfully I didn't embarrass my degree by not spotting the Hake. :)
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