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    I know what you mean feisty, although I'd say Americans are great ones for grinning, so many other nationalities would seem quite "smileless" in comparison.

    I think many Scots are fairly reserved/shy (with strangers anyway) and maybe self-conscious, and feel uncomfortable showing emotion publically, but do have quite strong emotions nonetheless.

    My grandfather (whose background was entirely Scottish) was typical of this type. He had quite a serious and measured demeanor but was not cold in temperament.

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    I've been getting this a lot over the years myself - but the thing is, I do smile quite a bit, I crack a lot of jokes, but it's apparently in isolated circumstances. When people who know me see me walking down the street, or doing my job, or listening to someone tell a story, or whatever, I apparently have the appearance of a stone-faced golem. (Yes, that was a redundancy.)

    I don't know how to account for this - every second of the day that passes doesn't require a smile to be plastered on my face, and I usually end up distrusting the people who comport themselves in such a fashion.

    Judging by the replies thus far, it just might BE a Scottish trait. Who knows?

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    Scots do seem to have a reputation for dourness, though I'm not sure how true this is. Of all the Scots I've known (scores of them) I have never met one, not even one, who wasn't likeable and darkly humorous a lot of the time, with an amused grin for every situation. Some of them could turn into grim faced, fiery demons when "Scottish Pride" or their football club's reputation was at stake, but that's an admirable quality I think!

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    I only smile when I'm happy or I like something or someone, or if someone's made a compliment about a feature of mine. Or if I find something funny.
    But that's about it. I'm not smiling now, but does that mean that I'm sad or pissed off? No.
    I just don't feel like smiling a lot of the time because it hurts my cheeks if I do.
    But when I do smile, people often compliment it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feisty goddess View Post
    My last name is of Scottish descent and my dad, I, and my brother don't smile very much.
    Its genetic,a long ancestoral memory of actually losing halfpence some generations ago in the mud actually has been proven in scientific studies (by Englishmen in pubs) that scots never smile from the memory of the collective loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyAtkins View Post
    Its genetic,a long ancestoral memory of actually losing halfpence some generations ago in the mud actually has been proven in scientific studies (by Englishmen in pubs) that scots never smile from the memory of the collective loss.
    Here you have to dangerous things: Englishmen in pubs, and scientific studies conducted by the English. Much as I love you folks, that's some alarming stuff right there.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    I'm not sure..............

    I don't smile myself very often either in that I always have a very stern disposition on my face.

    Sort of comical to entertain although.
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    I've never heard this before. I smile only when I'm genuinely happy, and it varies from day to day. Sometimes I may smile a lot, and other times not at all... it's something I don't really pay attention to anyway.

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    Hmm, I don't know. I'm not Scottish but I don't smile much, and neither does my dad. I think, that because I sit around with a stern expression, the people I know are scared of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cygnus View Post
    One thing is certain: being Scottish is serious business.
    haha I'm in total agreement, but I won't give you a smile for it.
    Seriously though, you won't see me smiling much when I'm just out doing my own thing. Around friends is obvously a different matter.

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