What Is A Yankee.....?

  • masculumpedes

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    Jan 21, 2010 6:54 PM GMT
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    I'm originally from Tennessee and I jokingly called an RJ friend of mine today a Yankee. Thankfully he has a great sense of humor. Some of you may be wondering, what exactly is a Yankee? Well, to an American Southerner, a Northerner. To a Northerner, a person from New England. To a New Englander, a person from Vermont. To a person from Vermont, someone who still uses outdoor plumbing. To a non-American, an American. To a Baltimore Orioles fan, a pawn of Satan. I'll stop here. :-)

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    Jan 21, 2010 7:14 PM GMT
    In Virginia I've hardly heard this term used. Being in Texas, I'm called a Yank from time to time, and it's a bit off because we think New Yorkers and all states above.
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    Jan 21, 2010 8:41 PM GMT
    I doubt you've been called a yank in Texas. I'm from Texas and I never even heard that term until I went to England. It's a British term. Now, "yankee" I heard a lot. And it was never in a good way.
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    Jan 21, 2010 8:44 PM GMT
    muscles4muscles saidI doubt you've been called a yank in Texas. I'm from Texas and I never even heard that term until I went to England. It's a British term. Now, "yankee" I heard a lot. And it was never in a good way.


    This was in San Antonio, which houses a lot of retired military so this maybe the reason I called it while I stayed there. I ment "yank" as in short for yankee, sorry icon_razz.gif
  • mynyun

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    Jan 21, 2010 8:44 PM GMT
    I, too, am in tennessee. However being born in NJ I am a Yankee. I am a proud Yankee and I haven't picked up much of the southern draw or accent. I have picked up some though and I think it is more detectable with lack of sleep or while drinking. But I am a Joisey Yankee. icon_surprised.gificon_razz.gificon_lol.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jan 21, 2010 8:46 PM GMT
    another word for a hand job?
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    Jan 21, 2010 8:51 PM GMT
    A Yankee was a descendant of the 17th Century Puritans in New England, who worshiped in a distinctive Congregational meetinghouse, and lived in villages centered on a "green." The term Yankee would be used by southerners to apply to all northerners.

    Daniel Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848, 39.
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    Jan 21, 2010 9:03 PM GMT
    It depends on who is saying it and to whom. When in 1st person, it's typically a point of pride whereas in the third person it's a point of derision.

    It's all context.

    Examples (and stereotypes that are born of common speech):

    We Yankees, who value intellect, are still a stoic people.

    You Yankees are snobs.

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    Jan 21, 2010 9:18 PM GMT
    The first recorded mention of Yankees is in 1758 by British soldiers in North America, referring to local American colonists. Most sources I've read over the years ascribe the origin to English slang for the earlier Dutch settlers in the Hudson River area (following the British capture of New Amsterdam and renaming as New York in 1674).

    One version says the English referred to the Dutch disparagingly as "Jan Cheese" (pronounced Yahn, the first name of my own earliest Dutch ancestor in America, Jan Speer, his farm now a museum in Montclair, NJ). Jan Cheese gradually became slurred into Yankee, with the British a century later using it to refer to all colonists, both English and the earlier Dutch.

    Another version also relies on the "Jan" but says it was combined with another Dutch name, "Kees" to form the English colonial slang for the Dutch.

    A third version says it originated with the Indians who heard the French refer to the English as l'Anglais, which the Indians corrupted into one form, that the colonialists later further modified for themselves. I find this the least plausible explanation.

    Since the late 18th Century the term has most correctly meant people living in the New England states, mainly north of New York City. In the Deep South it came to mean anyone from the Northern States, and was uniformly applied to all soldiers in the Union Army during the Civil war by both sides in the conflict, regardless of their home states.

    Personal anecdote I've told here before: while attending a wedding in Richmond, Virginia, over a 3-day period in 1977, I was introduced to the groom's grandfather. The groom's mother did the honors, telling the family patriarch that I was "Bob frum the Noth." At which point grandad yanked his hand away from mine, angrily exclaiming "Damn Yankeh!" and turned and walked away, leaving me with hand outstretched. It took some frantic persuading by the rest of the family to drag him back and apologize to me, which I accepted with good grace, though I didn't believe a word of it.
  • DCEric

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    Jan 21, 2010 11:16 PM GMT
    malefeet said To a Baltimore Orioles fan, a pawn of Satan.

    Yup.
  • MuscleUp

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    Jan 21, 2010 11:18 PM GMT
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    Jan 22, 2010 3:11 AM GMT
    silly boys its a candle company! HA HA Yankee Candles - all good card carrying gays know that! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 22, 2010 3:21 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidanother word for a hand job?

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    Jan 22, 2010 3:29 AM GMT
    Yankee Doodle went to town
    A-riding on a pony
    He stuck a feather in his hat
    And called it macaroni
  • fitartistsf

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    Jan 22, 2010 5:27 AM GMT
    I always heard that it was a word from the northeastern United States native american language for the early white settlers. The original spelling being, "yanqui", for stranger, visitor, foreigner...
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    Jan 22, 2010 5:46 AM GMT
    It's pretty interesting how different people all have different definitions.

    I'm Australian and I'd have said that a yankee was an American. Most commonly, we'd say yanks rather than yankees.

    Then there's the tin tanks which is rhyming slang for yanks. Some people even call Americans seppos - that's short for septic tank which is rhyming slang for yank. Tin tanks is derogatory and linked to "Over paid, over sexed and over here, " from during the war. Seppo is also obviously derogatory, but yank isn't. It's a bit affectionate I think.
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    Jan 22, 2010 5:51 AM GMT
    according to some it was those north of the mason-dixon line and west of texas, according to my native ancestors it may have been all those who displaced them
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    Jan 22, 2010 9:13 AM GMT
    jprichva said
    Timberoo saidanother word for a hand job?

    More specifically, the recipient of the hand job. His counterpart, of course, is the "Yanker".


    Yes, and on the Australian continent commonly referred to as 'jackaroos'.. icon_wink.gif
  • masculumpedes

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    Jul 19, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    Well, to an American Southerner, a Northerner.....icon_wink.gif
  • kew1

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    Jul 19, 2011 11:04 PM GMT
    Yankee: A Yankee consists of 11 bets involving 4 selections in different events. The bet includes 6 doubles, 4 trebles, and an accumulator. A minimum of 2 of your selections must be successful to get a return.
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    Jul 19, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    kew1 saidYankee: A Yankee consists of 11 bets involving 4 selections in different events. The bet includes 6 doubles, 4 trebles, and an accumulator. A minimum of 2 of your selections must be successful to get a return.


    Great Answer....I'm gonna be keeping my eye on you...icon_wink.gif