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Scottish "clubs"

 
 
Reply Mon 24 Apr, 2006 03:47 pm
Are "clubs" what they call gangs in Scotland?
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Reply Tue 25 Apr, 2006 11:25 am
Depends on your point of view.

some examples

pejorative: gang, rabble
neutral: group
approving: club, society, association

As far as I know, in Scotland, gangs are generally called "gangs". A notable exception is the Burns Society Wink If a bunch of "neds" are vandalising your neighbourhood, you might well refer to them as a "gang". In the 1970s the Edward Heath Conservative Government referred to the Northern Ireland IRA as a "murder gang". However, I don't think that either the neds or the IRA would use the word "gang" to describe themselves.

Maybe members of a marginal informal grouping would call it a "club" because it sounds nicer?
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blacksmithn
 
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Reply Tue 25 Apr, 2006 11:29 am
I thought an Irish club was called a shillelagh.
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FreeThought
 
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Reply Fri 5 May, 2006 09:58 pm
they are known as gangs aswell, not clubs.

also, you cant call neds a gang either because that would just describe the fact that there are a number of them togther.
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