Celt or Celtic...is it "Selt" or
"Kelt"? At the risk of
insulting a certain Boston basketball team, Gaelic words spelled with C or
K are always pronounced with the "K" sound." The Gaelic
words that form the basis for Cel, Celt or Celtic are all pronounced with
the "K" sound. Thus, although both pronunciations are acceptable
in the U.S., only the "K" sound is considered correct from the
traditional and pronunciation standpoint.
A true Scot will never tell you he is
Scotch, since to be called Scotch is the worst insult. A child will know
Scotch as a tape, while the adult will know it as a beverage of some
distinction. Further, a highlander will refer to himself as Scottish,
while calling lowlanders Scots.
The Thistle came to be the national
emblem of Scotland when one of a landed war party of Danes, stepped upon a
thistle. His loud cry of pain awoke the sleeping Scots, who were then able
to attain a complete victory.
In the Scottish Highland Games, the
Caber toss, where the competitors attempts to toss a telephone pole sized
Caber straight out in front of him, comes from one of the smarter Scottish
war maneuvers; when ramming down a castle door, less intelligent warriors
used a battering ram, and exposed themselves to a drenching of hot oil
from above; the Scottish warriors lined up, outside the range of the oil,
and repeatedly tossed Cabers at the door, which eventually broke from the
Early Scots would line up stones along
the top of a hill, and hit them at the enemy. Merchants later held wagers
on how many stones could be hit into a hole. And so, the game of Golf was
History of "The
Great Highland Bagpipe". Many forms of the bagpipes have evolved over
the centuries, the earliest Egyptian times; yet it is The Great Highland
Bagpipe that is most closely associated with Scotland. Also known as the
War Pipes, they have been used for centuries to scare and confuse the
enemy, in more modern times, to inspire the troops. Pipers had the highest
mortality rate in World War 1.
of the Highland Dance. Dating back to the 11th & 12th century, the
Highland dances were highly athletic, performed by men in celebration of
victory in battle or other joyful occasions. The dances were often
performed over shields or swords; taking the dead man's claymore and
crossing it with his own on the ground, then dancing round and over the
swords with the joy of victory.