TIL there was a stereotype that the Scottish people are cheap. The use of the term ‘Scotch’ in the name was a pejorative meaning “stingy” in the 1920s and 1930s. This is where the brand name Scotch (eg Scotch Tape, Scotch Brite) is from.

Read more: https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2015/01/23/stereotyping-scots-as-cheap/

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  1. We were known as “stingy” or “tight fisted” because poverty up here lasted through generations. So people were raised to save every penny and make it count.

    Poverty caused by the lack of support from the “British” government.

  2. Interestingly, when I was living in Thailand as a teenager, locals used the word ‘Jin’ to mean stingy.

    Jin is also the Thai word for Chinese.

    As a western kid, I was like ‘Guys, that’s not cool.’ ~~ but that’s just the stereotype they had.

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