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Old 15 October 2007, 22:09   #11
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Here in my area of New England we seem not to be bothered by the term "Yanks". From what we read in the foreign press "Yank" is kind of endearing.
I worked with the "British"(is that PC now) Army in Germany in the mid 70s and that all I heard plus a few other not to be used on a family forum such as this.
Thanks - it's nice to see the only person offended by the term Yank is a Yorkshireman living in the desert!!!

I would love to visit New England - maybe when the stupid hysteria over terrorists dies down I will.

Talking of New England the reason I looked up Yank surnames in the 1st place was after watching the lobstermen fishing the George's Bank on the Discovery Channel. Most of them had good old British surnames so that's why I looked.
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Old 16 October 2007, 13:03   #12
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From Online Etymology:
Yankee
1683, a name applied disparagingly by Du. settlers in New Amsterdam (New York) to English colonists in neighboring Connecticut. It may be from Du. Janke, lit. "Little John," dim. of common personal name Jan; or it may be from Jan Kes familiar form of "John Cornelius," or perhaps an alt. of Jan Kees, dial. variant of Jan Kaas, lit. "John Cheese," the generic nickname the Flemings used for Dutchmen. It originally seems to have been applied insultingly to Dutch, especially freebooters, before they turned around and slapped it on the English. In Eng. a term of contempt (1750s) before its use as a general term for "native of New England" (1765); during the American Revolution it became a disparaging British word for all American native or inhabitants. Shortened form Yank in reference to "an American" first recorded 1778.

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Old 16 October 2007, 13:18   #13
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I always took Yankee to mean the people who fought against the Confederates - ie the NE states in particular.Yank in Britain is usually meant in no more a derogatory way than Taffy for a Welsh man or Jock for a Scotsman.
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First I made a mistake not the foreign press but the NY Times and Democrats being disparaging . As a kid the term "Yankee" meant some Old Timer who was tight with his money and pissed about everything. Now I am older, I wish I was a little tighter with money, got the pissed part down.
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HOWEVER, you need to understand that your repeated use of the term "Yank" is offensive.
I find the term "Yank" to be perfectly acceptable, it's when they call me a bugger eating moron that I get offended
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I find the term "Yank" to be perfectly acceptable, it's when they call me a bugger eating moron that I get offended
Do you mean 'burger'?
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Old 21 October 2007, 09:26   #17
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Do you mean 'burger'?
Ah...burger/booger, it's all protein. It is more difficult I have found to place a slice of american cheese on a booger though.....
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"stupid hysteria over terrorists dies down I will."
is that all it is, dam, was thinkin they is tryin to kill us for bring them up from sand farmers to people with some thing. maybe houses built of Camel crap was best for them
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