A Scotish-language poll released Monday has prompted a backlash in Scottish media, with many expressing outrage over the questioners’ choice to ask the question.
The poll by the BBC Scotland television network showed that almost half of the respondents said that if the Scottish government asked English speakers to speak Scots, they would say “we” and not “us.”
The Scots, who have a long-running dispute with the English over the use of the word “Scot,” also said “we.”
“We” is a term used by Scots to indicate that there is a language, or community, of people that speak it, but the English language is not a language,” said a statement from the Scottish language group.
The BBC Scotland poll was conducted among a sample of 1,001 adults from the U.K. and Ireland.
The results will be analyzed and released by the broadcaster later in the week.