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Old 01-01-2013, 01:41 AM   #1
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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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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!

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.
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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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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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.

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