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What is the difference between Scottish and Irish?

Asked by R. Barnes, Last updated: May 10, 2020

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B. Mary

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B. Mary, Health Care manager, MHA(Master's In Healthcare Administration), Raleigh, North Carolina

Answered Nov 08, 2019

A lot of people say that the Irish and the Scottish are related to each other. This is because they both have the same language that may have slight differences. They also have some similarities, like the fact that these two ethnicities are known to be very avid drinkers.

Due to this, there are also more deaths that are related to alcohol with these Scots and the Irish. The traditional Irish language and the Scottish Gaelic languages are closely related because of their ancestry. According to history, this was a language that was created by the lowest social class of people, but it managed to thrive and grow in the long run.


G. Deacon

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G. Deacon, Civil Engineer, B.E(Bachelor of Engineering), Trenton, New Jersey

Answered Nov 04, 2019

Some people may immediately assume that Scottish and Irish are the same, but actually, they are not. They do come from the same roots, namely the Celts, but aside from that, there are some differences with their heritage, their culture, and so much more. Language is one of the most obvious differences. In the northern part of Scotland, they use the language Scottish Gaelic.

In the western portion of the Irish region, they use the language Irish Gaelic. There was a time when the Gaelic people were considered to be the lowest class of people. Those who were in the higher classes allowed them to have their own language, thinking that their language will die with them, but the language grew more as time went on.


P. Micah

P. Micah

Answered Oct 21, 2019

Although Scottish and Irish both come from the roots of Celts; there are many differences between the two languages. One is the geography where they are spoken. Scottish is predominantly spoken in Scotland, while Irish is spoken in Ireland.

Another difference between them relates to eclipsis. With the Scottish language, the eclipsis is synchronic. However, with the Irish language, the eclipsis is diachronic. Both of the culture's spelling has changed over the years, especially when it comes to accents. With the Scottish, the accent is grave, while the Irish has an acute accent. Another difference between them is how words are spelled.


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