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11 I was reminded by a highland friend that ‘teuchter’, a lowland Scots word, was used to insult highlanders. Where I grew up in Perthshire it was somewhat derogatory and meant rustic or rural dweller – akin to the English ‘country bumpkin’ or American ‘hillbilly’. It tended to mean ‘You are more country than I.’ I think it is time for us to reclaim this evocative word and be proud of our teuchter heritage..

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