Re: Kilts or skirts

Lisette Burrows (
Thu, 28 Nov 1996 14:58:26 GMT+1200

Date: Mon, 25 Nov 1996 16:28:14 -0800 (PST)
From: Bill <>
Subject: Re:

Dear equity folks,

I am looking for an answer to the following question:
Do male children (most likely of Scottish descent) in Britain who wear
kilts refer to them as skirts or kilts? This question directly relates
to a debate that recently broke out in an education class here at the
University of Vermont.
Do boys who wear them attach any significance whatsoever to the
identification of their garment as "kilts" or as "skirts?"
Do they have any preference for one term over the other?

Please help me, my reputation is riding on this!

Bill Oetjen

I have a Scottish colleague here in New Zealand who had this to say

KILTS. They are NEVER referred to as skirts by Scottish people. The
kilt has VERY strong significance to the history of Scotland and in no
way should the name ever be messed with!

Andy M. Stewart
Exercise Physiology PhD student
School of Physical Education
University of Otago
PO Box 56 Dunedin
New Zealand
ph: (64) 3 479-8991
fax: (64) 3 479-8309

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