Is the Stereotype of Scottish People Being Frugal True?

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A stereotype is just an over simplified idea of a typical characteristic, and is usually untrue, but there is also no smoke without fire. So is the stereotype of Scottish people being frugal true?

A stereotype is just an over simplified idea of a typical characteristic, and is usually untrue, but there is also no smoke without fire. So is the stereotype of Scottish people being frugal true? 

It is true that many people believe that Scottish people are frugal by nature and they say it as if it is a bad thing. Surely being frugal is a good thing, or is that just the Scot in me coming out? So where does such a stereotype come from and is it really true? Alas, it would be nearly impossible to find the true origins of such a stereotype but suffice to say it has been doing the rounds for many years and has spawned the usual jokes.

  • Copper wire was invented by two Scotsman fighting over a penny.
  • When a Scotsman drops a pound coin he can catch it before it hits the ground.
  • A Scotsman will never buy an address book, he simply scores out the ones he doesn't know from the phone book.

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Posted on May 5, 2011
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