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    Another brand name question (Scotch)

    One of my characters is an alcoholic. If I say his preferred drink is Scotch, can I get into trouble?

    Is Scotch a brand name?


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    Scotch is not a brand name: scotch, bourbon, rye, rum, schnapps, vodka, tequila, gin, vermouth, wine, etc. are types of alcohol.

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    Scotch is not a brand name. It's a type of whiskey produced by many distilleries in Scotland.

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    Nope. Just make sure you write Scotch, and not Scottish, because if you write Scottish, we'll all point and laugh.

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    You might also wish to research the prices of different brands, to reflect the standard of living of your character. (And perhaps to reflect how far he falls during the course of the story.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Williebee View Post
    You might also wish to research the prices of different brands,
    You may want to do some objective laboratory research as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Williebee View Post
    Scotch is not a brand name: scotch, bourbon, rye, rum, schnapps, vodka, tequila, gin, vermouth, wine, etc. are types of alcohol.
    You forgot our fine Tennessee whiskey!

    At least legally.



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    Any time you need a sippin' partner, Alleycat, I love Tennessee whiskey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maryn View Post
    Any time you need a sippin' partner, Alleycat, I love Tennessee whiskey.
    We have some new brands coming soon.



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    If you're Scottish, it's whisky.

    It's also normally 86 proof and delicious.

    As long as its not the cheap stuff.
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    My wonderful step-grandfather, Jesse Duncan, was Scottish. He was a generous man who loved to tell frugal Scot jokes on himself.

    I grew up thinking Scotch brand tape was a joke name for the cheap, see-through, mending tape.

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    I had to research Scotch for my Fantasy gambling novel, as the protag's father fancies himself a bit of an expert. Unfortunately, the research was strictly online. I hate the stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buffysquirrel View Post
    I had to research Scotch for my Fantasy gambling novel, as the protag's father fancies himself a bit of an expert. Unfortunately, the research was strictly online. I hate the stuff!
    If you were forced to buy samples to help with the research, I'd be happy to take them off your hands. Or paws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msd View Post
    One of my characters is an alcoholic. If I say his preferred drink is Scotch, can I get into trouble?

    Is Scotch a brand name?
    No, and it's spelled lower case, scotch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerousbill View Post
    No, and it's spelled lower case, scotch.
    No, no it's not.

    A dictionary is your friend.

    Single Malt Whisky produced in Scotland.

    Scotch is whisky produced in Scotland; it is, therefore a proper noun, and as a proper noun, it deserves the dignity of upper case.

    s.v. AHD, OED, CDEL

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    If he's an alcoholic I doubt he cares how you spell it, and his preferred choice will alter as the cabinet gets emptier.

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    Spell it L.A.G.A.V.U.L.I.N. and I'll drink all of it you don't want to deal with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggis View Post
    Spell it L.A.G.A.V.U.L.I.N. and I'll drink all of it you don't want to deal with.
    Yup. Also T.A.L.I.S.K.E.R or L.A.P.H.R.O.A.I.G.

    Which actually brings up a thread-pertinent observation: I don't think an alcoholic would be likely to choose these expensive single-malt whiskies to feed the addiction. They are strongly-flavored beverages seldom quaffed in huge amounts, but rather sipped and lingered over. Then again, maybe you have a really wealthy connoisseur alcoholic for a character.

    But whatever favorite liquor you choose will reflect on your character, to some extent. Most alcoholics I've encountered prefer to feed their habit with gin or vodka, usually of cheap varieties. If whiskey is a choice, it tends to be cheap bourbon, the overriding principle being quantity defeats quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacbird View Post
    They are strongly-flavored beverages seldom quaffed in huge amounts, but rather sipped and lingered over.
    Yes. Too much research into Scotch means I now cringe when people drink it neat on tv.

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    yep, Ulster preference is for Bushmills, or Black Bush, which is the swankier version. Irish preference is powers, plus some other varieties\\
    Scottish is for scotch, and there are loads of breweries, so if they're from a particular area of Scotland, it might be worth doing a wee bit of research on the local types, as it's often a little parochial. EG in Aberdeen, Fettercairn (check the spelling, I might be wrong) is popular and local. If they're a afficiando they will probably have one or other type that they stick to.
    And me, being a good Ulster girl, has a very soft spot for... Jack Daniels, straight. (And Bush in a hot toddy. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by msd View Post
    One of my characters is an alcoholic. If I say his preferred drink is Scotch, can I get into trouble?
    You can get into trouble if: said characters income level isn't one that would allow him to be an alcoholic with a preference toward scotch. A bottle of so-called 'passable' scotch starts at fifty some dollars (US) and gets more and more expensive* - and that's retail. Bar prices would be outrageous.

    *example: Haggis's beloved Laphroaig 18 lists here at 69.99

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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyAssauer View Post
    A bottle of so-called 'passable' scotch starts at fifty some dollars (US) and gets more and more expensive* - and that's retail.
    You mean Johnny Walker Red isn't considered passable ?

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