Question for Southerners

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  1. LarryDavenport

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    This came up at work today and our office know it all didn't have an answer:

    What exactly constitutes a "Yankee?" Is it just people from the North East, or does this include all Americans not from the former Confederate States? Do Southerners have a special terms for New Englanders, Texas, Californians, or people from the Pacific Northwest or Hawaii?
     
  2. John Gates

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    Hi Larry,

    In Alabama, anyone North of Huntsville is a Yankee. If you're from certain undesirable states, you can even be a "Damned Yankee."

    John
     
  3. DustinLC

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    John,

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  4. Tim Hoover

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    Basically, if you're anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line, you're a Yankee...which poses a problem for me, as I was raised in Chicago and currently reside in west KY [​IMG]
     
  5. Kirk Gunn

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    My father was raised in one of the only plantation houses to escape Sherman's wrath in his march from Atlanta to the sea.... My mother was raised in Louisville, KY.

    However, they spent 30+ yrs in a Boston suburb, where I was born and raised, so I'm a bit confused. I'm probably the only beantown native to have a slight southern drawl....and actually pronounce my "R"s.

    I was always under the impression a Yankee was someone from a former Union state.
     
  6. Holadem

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    For some, Yankee == American.

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  7. RobertR

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    You're right, Holadem. The headine in the Rocky Mountain News the day after the first moon landing was "Yanks on moon! History's big story."
     
  8. Joseph DeMartino

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    If ya'll have to ask, you're a Yankee. [​IMG]

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    A friend of mine moved from CT to GA and told me:

    "A person who visits the south (from the north) is a Yankee...A person who visits the south (from the north) and STAYS there, is a 'Damn Yankee'" [​IMG]
     
  10. Dennis Nicholls

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    So what do southerners call an M-4 "Sherman" tank?
     
  11. John Spencer

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    Actually, I always heard that Yankees were like hemorrhoids. When they come down and go back up, they're tolerable. But when they come down and hang around, they get to be pains in the arse.

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  12. Scott Merryfield

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    A very good friend of mine from North Carolina has said on many occasions that he was 14 years old before he knew "damn Yankee" was two words. [​IMG]
     
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    Anyone north of the Mason-Dixon line is a yankee. This also includes anyone from central Florida southward, and most of Atlanta, nowadays.
     
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    Anyone who is from the North, lives in the South, knows they're a Yankee, and still thinks they're a Yankee, needs to return from whence they came. If the South sucks so bad, why do y'all keep coming here to live?! Ha!
     
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    Buford Buzzard!

    (Six Flags joke)
     
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    Probably a Ronson
     
  17. Dennis Nicholls

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    Yeah a Ronson or a Bic or a Zippo....
     
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    An exception to all of this is the city of Boston, where the term "Damn Yankee" has a completely different meaning. [​IMG]

    Regards,

    Joe

    (Northerner by birth, Southerner by sheer inertia)
     
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    from Answers.com:

    Yankee is first recorded in 1765 as a name for an inhabitant of New England. The first recorded use of the term by the British to refer to Americans in general appears in the 1780s, in a letter by Lord Horatio Nelson, no less. Around the same time it began to be abbreviated to Yank. During the American Revolution, American soldiers adopted this term of derision as a term of national pride. The derisive use nonetheless remained alive and even intensified in the South during the Civil War, when it referred not to all Americans but to those loyal to the Union. Now the term carries less emotion—except of course for baseball fans.
     
  20. Keith_R

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    The technical definition is anyone above the Mason-Dixon line. However many Southerner's that I know like to refer to anyone from the northeast as yankees.

    I guess if you're a real redneck anyone who is an American not from the South could be considered a Yankee.[​IMG]

    My definition of choice is anyone from the northeast, I just find the mason-Dixon line thing to be to technical.[​IMG]
     

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