Skip Nav
LGBTQ Pride Essays POPSUGAR Australia
News
30 People Reflect on What Pride Means to Them
Celebrity News For Oct. 22, 2018 | Late Edition
Teresa Palmer
Teresa Palmer and Husband Mark Webber Are Expecting Baby No. 3
Dwayne Johnson Trains For Hobbs and Shaw October 2018
Dwayne Johnson Shirtless Pictures
Dwayne Johnson Shows Off His Chiseled Abs After 18 Weeks of Training For Hobbs and Shaw
Music
15 Halloween Costumes Inspired by This Year's Best Music Videos
The Royals
Here's All the Photos From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Australian Tour

What Does Sassenach Mean on Outlander?

Outlander: Why Jamie Still Calling Claire "Sassenach" Is So Significant

If you've watched/read Outlander from the beginning, you know that Claire has been called many things, both derogatory and endearing. While most people have referred to her as a witch because of her healing powers, the one nickname that stands out most is "Sassenach."

A sassenach typically refers to an English person or a foreigner, deriving from the Gaelic sasunnach "Saxon" as it was used by Gaelic speakers to refer to Scottish Lowlanders who had Anglo-Saxon descent as a way of setting boundaries and divisions. In the first episode of the show, the Highlanders label her as such because she's an Englishwoman, but Jamie adopts that as a form of endearment, calling her the term lovingly and generally using her name when he's peeved or thinks she's being too defiant. While sassenach started as a way to distinguish her from the Highlanders, it now demonstrates feelings of familiarity between Jamie and Claire, which is why it's particularly important that Jamie doesn't stop calling her that, even 20 years later.

In "A. Malcolm," upon seeing Claire after regaining consciousness, Jamie calls her by her name, although he goes right back to calling her Sassenach, especially when they're getting reacquainted in the bedroom. "It's always been forever for me, Sassenach," Jamie exclaims, reassuring Claire that he never stopped loving her. It's an interesting contrast to Laoghaire calling her a "Sassenach witch" in the episode "First Wife" when she learns that Claire's back. It's a reminder that the term still has a negative connotation, even though it has come to be more meaningful for Jamie and Claire, and, for Jamie, describes Claire as less of a foreigner and something more ethereal.

In the latest episode, "Uncharted," Jamie yelling out "Sassenach!" when he spots Claire on the beach through his spy glass is instinctual and lets viewers know that while they haven't been reunited for long and still have a lot to learn about each other, they're still Jamie and Claire down to their cores and will always find their way back to each other, regardless of the circumstances.

More from POPSUGAR
From Our Partners
Best TV Reboots to watch on Stan
Fran Drescher On The Nanny Reboot 2018
Wesley Ford Bachelorette 2018 Elimination Interview
The Bachelorette 2018 Episode Three Recap
When Will Orange Is the New Black End?
All American Stan TV Show Details
Did the Female Bachelor Vietnam Contestants End Up Together?
Does the Royal Family Watch TV?
Bloom on Stan Show Details and Cast
Shows Like Game of Thrones
Outlander Season 4 Trailer
Jonathan Van Ness Queer Eye Quotes
From Our Partners
Latest Celebrity
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds