10 Things You Didn't Know About Scotland

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Scotland

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10 érdekesség Skóciáról - természetesen egy kis feladattal fűszerezve. 

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Here are 10 cool facts about Scotland.

The mention of Scotland conjures images of green rolling hills, woolen knits, plaid, and, of course, Scotch whisky.

Here are 10 other cool things about the country and its people.

Number 10. Inventions. Some of the world’s favorite ones sprung from the minds of Scottish creators. Among them are television, the telephone, and penicillin. 

Number 9. Their official animal is the unicorn. It may seem strange that a nation would pick a mythical creature, but given Scotland’s rich history of legend and lore it’s an appropriate choice. 

Number 8. It’s where the redheads are. A whopping 13 percent of the population has red hair. About 40 percent of people living in the Edinburgh area carry a ginger gene. 

Number 7. Around 70 percent of Scots have blue eyes. It’s a common color throughout the UK, but most prevalent in the southeastern region of Scotland. 

Number 6. Higher education rules. Approximately 45 percent of the country’s people aged between 25 and 64 have engaged in some sort of formal learning following high school. That makes it the most educated nation in Europe. 

Number 5. They’re loyal to their legends. The possibility that there really is a Loch Ness Monster has been kept alive and well for around 1500 years. Written references to the beast date back to the mid 500s. 

Number 4. The Scottish eat dangerously. Their national dish is haggis, and among its ingredients are a mixture of vital sheep organs and a dash of cayenne pepper for zing. Its import into the United States has been banned since the early 1970s. 

Number 3. Scotland has taken over North America. Not in a political way, clearly, but the number of people of Scottish descent living in the US and Canada is about equal to the amount currently residing in their native country. 

Number 2. Great writing is a tradition. Their literary history is studded with impressive and influential authors including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Lord Byron.

Number 1. The Scottish invented golf. An early version of the game first surfaced there in the 15th century. Sand traps were part of the course even back then. 

Which cool thing about Scotland is your favorite?

Vocabulary

to conjure an image

felidézni egy képet

rolling hills

hegyvonulatok

woolen

gyapjú

knit

kötött ruhadarab

plaid

skótkockás szövet

invention

találmány

to spring, sprung, sprung

kipattanni

official animal

(hivatalos) címerállat

unicorn

unikornis, egyszarvú

lore

(népi) hagyomány

appropriate

megfelelő

redhead

vöröshajú

whopping

óriási

ginger

vöröshajú, vörösesszőke

prevalent

elterjedt, uralkodó

to engage in learning

tanulással foglalkozni

to keep something alive

valamit életben tartani

haggis

skót – hurkához hasonlatos - nemzeti étel

ingredient

hozzávaló

vital organ

belső, életfontosságú szerv

sheep

birka

dash

csepp, csipet

zing

intenzitás, feldobás

descent

eredet, leszármazás

to reside

lakni, élni

to stud

díszíteni, teleszórni

influential

befolyásos

to surface

feltűnni, megjelenni

sand traps

homok akadályok, csapdák

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