Douglas G. Wilson
douglas at NB.NET
Mon Nov 18 13:14:54 UTC 2002
>Questions: Which well-known general could this be?
Gen. Winfield Scott.
>And does this seem reasonable as the origin?
Reasonable, but I wouldn't believe it without better evidence. There are
other people named "Scott".
I would also consider possible an origin from German, e.g., from the
conventional southern German greeting "Gruess Gott".
In any case, I believe the "Scott" is functionally a euphemism for "God".
I presume that the Great Scot variety of potato is more recent?
-- Doug Wilson
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