Scottish Customs

Old Nov 1st, 2000, 09:43 AM
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Joseph S
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Scottish Customs

While in the Highlands of Scotland, I had an odd experience.

I was bitten on the shoulder by a local while waiting for my ale.

Needless to say, I was a bit flustered and didn't react at all. Later I asked someone about it and was told that it is a Scottish traditional form of greeting. Anyone else heard about this at all?

If it is a custom, was I supposed to BITE back?

 
Old Nov 1st, 2000, 10:17 AM
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kimberly
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That's a new one...sounds like the person who told you that was using another custom...humor!
 
Old Nov 1st, 2000, 10:19 AM
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Sheila
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You're being wound up
 
Old Nov 1st, 2000, 10:22 AM
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Tony Hughes
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In Edinburgh some of us place our hands on our heads with index fingers pointing straight up to form a 'cow'. Then we make a 'mooing' noise to the stranger.

Actually, Joseph, were you wearing a leather jacket? We like our beef tough.
 
Old Nov 1st, 2000, 10:39 AM
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rand
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Sounds like Tony has the dreaded mad cow disease.
 
Old Nov 1st, 2000, 10:43 AM
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elvira
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You weren't wearing a sheep's-stomach jacket, were you?
 
Old Nov 1st, 2000, 11:17 AM
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Shawn Ford
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Heard once about that in small villages. Didn't believe it at the time. Apparently its also done in some parts of Mexico.
 
Old Nov 1st, 2000, 12:13 PM
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John
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Was the chomper named Midge?

Reminds me of a t-shirt we saw in Fiji, last of the cannibal islands: "Send more tourists - the last ones were delicious!"
 

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