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The word and idea makes people uneasy - perhaps it is, once again, too forth right and too straight-forward (I KNOW, RIGHT?!
) Scottish people wouldn't think too much about sleeping with a near stranger they met in a club, but asking for their number and to take them out for a meal? This isn't a judgement on a nation - just a mere lifeline for confused North American ladies.
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In Glasgow, at least, people talk about the "hardness"of the cities inhabitants; it's not called a Glasgow Kiss for nothing and Glaswegian men are allowed to show limited emotions: anger (usually when their football team loses), elation (usually when their football team wins) and general day-to-day being at peace with the world. Now, obviously this is a sweeping generalisation and not true of all Scottish men.
Indeed, I would say that it's rapidly changing for the better.
Firstly, I won't question why it is a Scottish man in particular that you want to date because hey, I get it: you saw Gerard Butler in a film once and dug his accent and assume that all Scottish men are that rugged and handsome.
For example, in a busy bar, rather than a barman/woman openly asking who is next (although sometimes they do), there is a subtle social interaction taking place.
However, I still think there is some hang over from the "olden times" when it was generally encouraged for men to be the "strong and stoic" type.
Clearly I don't approve of such encouragement because I think it's important to remember that men are a lot more complicated and dare I say it, delicate than we let them be.
With more well-educated, high-earning singles than anywhere in Scotland, finding a like-minded partner in Edinburgh should be simple.
But despite Edinburgh being filled with fascinating people, finding them and the time to meet them is a well-known difficulty for many singles in the city.
If you want to date a Scottish dude, be prepared for some verbal jousting; these people can talk rings around us.