Scotch-Irish-L ArchivesArchiver > Scotch-Irish > 2000-05 > 0957310373
Subject: Re: Ethnicity versus Genealogy
Date: Tue, 2 May 2000 16:32:53 -0700
>Showing my historical ignorance, but what does the phrase "the list feels
>mighty orange" mean?
I think this is "ethnic". I guess it means we don't seem to be
too Irish and are more blunt speaking, fraternity-joining, values-
oriented, etc than we would be if Irish.
Someone once told me too that Presbyterians appear to worship
their ministers, based on discussions on this list. Of course
we talk endlessly about dead Presbterian ministers and different
flavors of Presbyterianism, Methodism, Baptists, etc. We like
it, but if you prefer to talk about priests, nuns, saints, etc --
well, maybe you'd find us a little boring and very alien.
Lowell Courtney, who is one of the principles of Lynchpin, a travel
agency in Portrush who organizes tours for us, once explained that
he thought culture in the North as a whole is more blunt and to
the point. He described trying to do business on the phone with
an Irish southerner. Before you can get down to business you gotta
endure: "And how is your mother? And your grandmother? Did your
dog's piles improve? etc etc". He said he always wants to cut in:
"Lets cut the crap and get down to business. DO we have a deal
or not?". "Green" is into the fine art of conversation. "Orange" is
more into cutting through the crap so we can get on with it.
Different cultures, that's all.