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Hmm Welsh cuisine, I wonder :D :D

Scottish, undoubtedly, Haggis, deep fried Mars bars, Whisky et al.

Irish(northern) ??? That's not British it's U.K.

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 I fecking knew it! 😉

"DNA evidence proves Marilyn Monroe descended from the Scottish Highlands

Marilyn Monroe was descended from a clan from the Scottish Highlands, DNA testing has proved.

The Some Like It Hot star’s family can be traced back to the village of Edinkillie, near Forres, in Moray, northeast Scotland.

She is a descendant of the Munro clan.

There has long been speculation over the Hollywood actress’s Scottish roots, but her lineage was unconfirmed until now.

The LA native was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in 1926, but she took her screen name from her mum, Gladys Monroe.

Two years ago, the Munro clan made an appeal for members to come forward to help to confirm Monroe’s ancestry.

The clan meets in the Highlands next weekend to hear details of Monroe’s relatives.

Monroe’s mum could trace her father’s line back to John Munro, a PoW exiled to the US amid the English Civil War in 1651.

His descendant, Roelof Zeijdel, said: “I was most proud to discover my clan Munro heritage, but very amazed that DNA could show also I was related to this big star that everybody knows.”

Monroe died in August 1962, aged 36."

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'Dreich' is named most popular Scots word by Scottish Book Trust

A word that is commonly used to describe the Scottish weather has been named the "most iconic" Scots word.

"Dreich" - meaning dull or gloomy - topped a poll to mark Book Week Scotland, led by the Scottish Book Trust.

It beat off contenders including "glaikit", "scunnered" and "shoogle".

The charity said the first recorded use of the word "dreich" was in 1420, when it originally meant "enduring" or "slow, tedious".

A total of 1,895 votes were cast in the annual poll.

Top 10 Scots words

  • Dreich - tedious; damp and wet
  • glaikit - stupid or foolish
  • scunnered - disgust or strong dislike
  • shoogle - shake or move from side to side
  • wheesht - call for quiet or silence
  • fankle - to tangle or mix-up
  • outwith - outside or beyond
  • braw - fine or pleasant
  • beastie - an insect or animal
  • bumfle - an untidy bundle

It was the second time "dreich" had finished first in a poll after it also topped a YouGov poll in 2013 of favourite Scots words.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: "We were overwhelmed by the many submissions for our iconic Scots words vote - it's certainly a subject close to people's hearts.

"Dreich is such an evocative word with the ability to sum up the Scottish weather, or mood, perfectly.

"It's also a word that is very well used here in Scotland and beyond."

Rhona Alcorn, CEO of the Scots Language Dictionary, said: "Once again, dreich has been chosen as the most iconic Scots word, with glaikit taking the silver medal.

"Dreich has been part of the core vocabulary of Scots for hundreds of years so it is especially fitting that one of its primary meanings is 'enduring, persistent'."

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