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Posted: 2/13/2006 3:05:17 PM EDT
I imagine I speak for everyone here (at least Americans) that when we generally use the word "yankee" we are referring to something pertaining to the northeast region (only old union states?). I've heard foreigners call us all (me personally) a yank (not necessarily in a derogatory way either). How did we all get to be known as "yankee". I reckon you call someone "yankee" down here, it is akin to calling them a "mother fucker".
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 3:06:41 PM EDT
We (Americans) were always the yankees, but as the South grew its own identity separate from the Northern United States, we wished in some way to distinguish ourselves, thus THEY became "the Yankees"
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Link Posted: 2/13/2006 3:08:11 PM EDT
The same reason Brits are known as Limeys, even the ones not in the Royal Navy.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 3:08:38 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 2/13/2006 3:17:50 PM EDT
Yankee = East Coaster in the New England area.


Folks from the South don't take too kindly being lumped together in that catagory.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 3:18:50 PM EDT
A "Yankee" is anyone that lives North of Atlanta
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 3:19:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/13/2006 3:43:37 PM EDT by Bubblehead597]
There are many different stories and theories for its origin, but I like Dave Bearrys' the best:

ORIGIN OF "YANKEE"
Thank you to the many people who have sent in explanations for the word "Yankee." There are a number of variations, but the consensus is that "Yankee" means either "Spawn of Satan," or "Hoosier."

Link Posted: 2/13/2006 3:30:13 PM EDT
Better than Seppo....
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 3:42:13 PM EDT
Maybe they think we all play baseball
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 3:50:30 PM EDT
Ignorance. Plain and simple.

BTW - its not all foreigners.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 3:57:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rapidfiregunner:
A "Yankee" is anyone that lives North of Atlanta



No, that would be a "blue belly."
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 4:03:06 PM EDT

Why do yanks think that all foreigners call them yanks?





When I lived in Germany and Denmark, the slang term for an American was usually "Ami" - not sure I remember anyone calling Americans "yanks" or "yankees"

But it might be pretty prevalent in the U.K. - and was probably a term that because common during WW2 when so many U.S. servicemen came over there. I dunno.

Is it common in Mexico? ... or was it an original Indian term from some local tribe that just described white people in general, and then somehow became a label for all Americans?

Interesting question - so I'm tagging for a better explanation.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 4:09:15 PM EDT
Because it's the best baseball team in existance.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 4:18:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DocBrooks:
I reckon you call someone "yankee" down here, it is akin to calling them a "mother fucker".



That's the way I always understood the term.

Link Posted: 2/13/2006 4:27:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/13/2006 4:28:14 PM EDT by thedoctors308]

Originally Posted By quijanos:
Yankee = East Coaster in the New England area.


Folks from the South don't take too kindly being lumped together in that catagory.



Why don't you leave and start your own country then.
Better luck this go round!
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 4:40:17 PM EDT
"Yankee" and "Yank" originally referred to all Americans. The foreigners are holding to the oldes meaning of the word. The US use (which sometimes seems to be "people who live north of here" - many Southerners consider Pennsylvanians to be Yankees, but AFAIK no Pennsylvanians agree) is relatively novel.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 5:02:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/13/2006 5:04:25 PM EDT by sharky30]
I've only heard brits do it
which goes back to colonial days
which brings up another point. Why do some brits still refer to us as "The Colonies"?
England had colonies all over, not just here
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 5:09:36 PM EDT
Brits usually are the only foreigners to use it widely.

My understanding is that the term came from the Dutch when settling New Amsterdam (Now of course, New York City) The term John Keys, or Jan Kees was a common nickname that eventually led to the word Yankee. The term became self applied and after a while the yanks were comin', over there!
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 5:12:33 PM EDT
They call us yankees to differentiate between us and other American Peoples i.e. Central and South Americans and lets not forget the far north Americans=Canada.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 5:17:23 PM EDT
Over there,
Over there,
Oh, the Yanks are coming,
The Yanks are coming,
And it won't be over 'til it's over over there.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 5:17:28 PM EDT
why do they call the USA "the states" and not america?
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 5:20:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MagKnightX:
The same reason Brits are known as Limeys, even the ones not in the Royal Navy.





Brits in general: Limeys

Royal Navy Members: Limey sailors.

When referring to the Royal Navy: The Pommy Navy.


Damned if I know why, but I hear this a lot in my business.

None of it is meant to be abusive.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 5:28:03 PM EDT
We all look alike to them.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 5:30:59 PM EDT
Because we are always yanking thier ass out of the fire when a war starts?

Agreed, better than Seppo.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 5:32:33 PM EDT
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DK-Prof

... or was it an original Indian term from some local tribe that just described white people in general, and then somehow became a label for all Americans?


During the French Indian War the Mohawk and Hearon nations refered to the white man as Yankee. During the Revolution all Colonialist were considered Yankees by the crown...If I remember my history right.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 5:49:51 PM EDT
Most so-called 'hispanic' countries call americans gringos. I know the Cuban gov't and Cuban

Communists refer to Americans as Janqui (pronounced yankee) and the rest of the Cubans just

say gringos(pronounced green-goes) or gringas (pronounced green-gahs).
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:20:02 PM EDT
I was at the bar last night, and there were these two Yanks there .........

But one of these Yanks was a Johnny Reb ........................
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:26:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Mike_Mills:
Over there,
Over there,
Oh, the Yanks are coming,
The Yanks are coming,
And it won't be over 'til it's over over there.


We have a winner!!
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:31:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/13/2006 8:34:23 PM EDT by Sukebe]

Originally Posted By Tirador223:

Originally Posted By DocBrooks:
I reckon you call someone "yankee" down here, it is akin to calling them a "mother fucker".



That's the way I always understood the term.




Actually, it's an Indian word that means "winner of the war of southern stupidity".
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 3:02:12 AM EDT
something to do with "Yankee Doodle Dandy"?

anyway, wasn't till I was in college till I realized "damnyankee" was really 2 words
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 3:23:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By sharky30:
I've only heard brits do it
which goes back to colonial days
which brings up another point. Why do some brits still refer to us as "The Colonies"?
England had colonies all over, not just here



They're still pissy about getting their asses kicked by a bunch of farmers and merchants.

And around here, if you refer to anyone who isn't from the northeast as a yank, you just insulted them. If you call someone from the northeast a yankee, it isn't an insult; he's a yankee.

Link Posted: 2/14/2006 3:34:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DocBrooks:
I imagine I speak for everyone here (at least Americans) that when we generally use the word "yankee" we are referring to something pertaining to the northeast region (only old union states?). I've heard foreigners call us all (me personally) a yank (not necessarily in a derogatory way either). How did we all get to be known as "yankee". I reckon you call someone "yankee" down here, it is akin to calling them a "mother fucker".



Could be worse.

They could call us "colonists". I knew a pencil necked Brit who insisted on calling me a colonist back in my younger days, before age, Jesus, and good sense mellowed my nature. He was trying to play his Brittish charm up against my "hick" (his words) demeanor in order to get in the panties of a girl I was dating.

He needed all the charm he could muster, because he was one ugly buck-toothed bastard.

I finally told him that if he insisted on calling me a colonist one more time I was going to stage another Yorktown on his face.

"Just like you Americans...Resorting to violence rather than discussing problems like civilized people."

I then put him in a very civilized arm lock and made him eat some very civilized Virginia dirt.

"You moron!" I yelled. "You brits ought to know not to piss off Virginians by now!!!"
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 3:35:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By rapidfiregunner:
A "Yankee" is anyone that lives North of Atlanta



Baloney.

Go to Florida. When you can walk through a park listening to two Yentas talk about trying to keep a kosher table, you are not in "the south."

Link Posted: 2/14/2006 3:37:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By sharky30:
I've only heard brits do it
which goes back to colonial days
which brings up another point. Why do some brits still refer to us as "The Colonies"?
England had colonies all over, not just here



Well, in fairness, name another former Brittish colony that has done as well as we have. The whole colonial period is a bit embarassing for lots of powers because things weren't as politically correct back then.

With the US there is no guilt because now we are a rich and powerful nation.

Link Posted: 2/14/2006 3:38:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By piccolo:

Originally Posted By MagKnightX:
The same reason Brits are known as Limeys, even the ones not in the Royal Navy.





Brits in general: Limeys

Royal Navy Members: Limey sailors.

When referring to the Royal Navy: The Pommy Navy.




I'd like to welcome the pommy bastard to God's own earth, and remind 'im that we don't like stuck-up sticky beats here!
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