On the 25th day of Claire-mas, we take a look at why Claire doesn’t mind that Jamie calls her Sassenach in Outlander. He’s the only person who can call her this.
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Claire-mas Day 25: Why Claire accepts Jamie’s nickname in Outlander
From the very start of Outlander, Claire has heard the term “Sassenach” thrown their way. This is a derogatory name for (mostly) English people. It is a term that means “outsider,” but it was used heavily against the English in the past. If you go to the Highlands, you can still hear it from time to time.
While everyone else called Claire “Sassenach” for derogatory reasons, Jamie didn’t. His way of saying it was in a loving way, and it became his nickname for her. There are other nicknames and terms of endearment he uses, but Sassenach is the most common. You know he’s angry or scare when he calls her “Claire.”
Why wouldn’t Claire mind Jamie using this term? Well, it all comes down to the way that he uses it. Jamie is never saying it in a bad way. He’s the only person who she allows to call her Sassenach, and it’s because when he says it, he means it in a loving and caring way.
It’s like friends and family members will have names for each other, but nobody else is allowed to use those names. My best friend and I will use derogatory names for each other, but we’re the only ones allowed to use those names for each other. If we hear anyone else use them, we will tell them to zip their lips—and not necessarily so nicely.
Jamie would never use the term Sassenach in a derogatory name for Claire, and she knows it. In fact, sometimes, she likes the term because she knows Jamie still loves her.
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