It’s very rude and ignorant to call a Scottish person Scotch. Very bad form.
You can use the word safely and correctly, of course if you ask for a Scotch egg. On the other hand, it would be insulting to call someone a Scotch egg.
It’s also fine to ask for a scotch in a bar. Just don’t ask for a scotch that Scotch people favour.
But there’s a usage of scotch that’s becoming rarer these days. True, we do hear things like, ‘Downing Street today has tried to scotch rumours about….’
The definition at the top of this post reveals some of the quite intense meanings which have attached to scotch.
I tell you that after a hard day’s writing I am absolutely scotched.
Looking forward to a wee…