When we visited England in October, we walked up to Beachy Head from the town of Eastbourne. Once we reached the top, we went into the Beachy Head Pub to have a pot of tea. (We should have had a stronger drink to celebrate that we can still make that walk up there!) Anyway, looking over at the bar, I noticed that they had bottles of Scotch displayed upon a plaid cloth or paper. And when I pointed this out to my husband, he looked over at it and said, 'Oh, yes, you mean "tartan". Hmm....really, I have always called that pattern "plaid". When we got back to his parents' house, I asked my in-laws...and sure enough, they also say "tartan". Well, ding-dang, I just get every word wrong, either English OR Scottish! Things like this just tickle me but it makes me wonder why we Americans have to be different. Do they say "plaid" or "tartan" in Australia, I wonder?
|Nice view even on a hazy day. (The Beachy Head Pub)|
|The beach in Eastbourne|
|Walking towards Beachy Head.|
|This is the steep climb to Beachy Head. Can you see the pier in the distance?|
|The views are stunning!|
Wait, I was talking about plaid/tartan before I began reliving our walk up to Beachy Head! See the photo above? That is the first color photograph that was ever made and it is of a tartan ribbon! (Made by the Scottish scientist, James Clerk Maxwell in 1861.)
Tartan is often called plaid in North America, but in Scotland, a plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory, or a plain ordinary blanket such as one would have on a bed.
The explanation above is from Wikipedia...so I hope that is correct!
What have we learned today, my friends? That's easy, when you see the pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors, call it "plaid" if you speaking to an American but call it "tartan" if you are speaking to a Brit! If you are talking to anyone from any other part of the world...you are on your own!
|The bag I am carrying does not identify my clan, just means I shop at Target! Spot the American! HA!|