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August 17, 2005

Did You Know....

YANKEE


The name Yankee became familiar around the world, but it's origin is still cloaked in a little mystery.
Early American sea captains were known to drive hard bargains. Their main competition came from the Dutch, who were also determined negotiators. Whenever the two crossed paths, the Dutch referred to Americans as "Yankers," meaning wranglers, and the moniker still persist.


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As a native Texan, I am recusing my own self from commenting because I have friends and relatives who inhabit the frozen wastes north of Oklahoma.

Love ya'll. Really.

Posted by: robin at Aug 18, 2005 4:20:15 PM

Yes 'm, but as an American you're a Yankee everywhere but America.
In Key West you`re an Yankee if you were born north of mile marker 20.

Posted by: Joatmoaf at Aug 18, 2005 6:30:32 PM

The origins of "Yankee" have been fiercely debated throughout the history of the Republic, and to this day the Oxford English Dictionary says the source of the word is "unascertained." Perhaps the most widely accepted explanation was advanced by H.L. Mencken, the well-known newsman-scholar (and don't tell me that isn't an unusual combination), who argued that Yankee derives from the expression Jan Kaas, literally "John Cheese." This supposedly was a derogatory nickname bestowed on the Dutch by the Germans and the Flemish in the 1600s.

Posted by: nota at Aug 19, 2005 6:10:03 AM

Sorry, this comes from:
http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_260.html

Posted by: nota at Aug 19, 2005 6:11:35 AM

I got the info from "The United States Navy" which I`ve been reading off and on for a few days.

It`s basiclly an historical account of the U.S. Navy, from shortly before the revolution until now, and it't huge.
I`m at work right now and don't have the book at hand so I can't tell you who the author is (a Naval Historian) or exactly how many pages it has.

Your link also mentions this particular aspect of the origin.
But, since I DO love jet noise, particularly Navy jet noise, I'm gonna stick with this "origin" theory for no other reason than I like it better :)

Posted by: Joatmoaf at Aug 19, 2005 9:47:37 AM

Your free to stick with wathever "origin" you want - I just remebered having read something about the origin of the word "Yankee" recently and wanted to offer an alternative.
And I do like jet noise too.

Posted by: nota at Aug 19, 2005 12:31:06 PM

As a good Texan and/or Yankee, I also am appreciative of jet noise, especially when it plugs a certain book site on BlameBush! Mannerly Yankees would not risk an off-topic comment except when thank-you e-mails are bounced back to sender.

Posted by: robin at Aug 19, 2005 9:25:01 PM

Just doing my bit to bring a little decency to the masses ;)

Posted by: Joatmoaf at Aug 20, 2005 12:51:57 AM

YANKEE DOODLE CAME TO TOWN RIDING ON A PONY STUCK A FEATHER IN HIS CAP AND CALLED IT MACARONNIE and did they call union solders during the CIVIL WAR YANKEES?

Posted by: bird of paridise at Oct 2, 2005 5:06:19 PM