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Is the term 'Yanks' offensive to you Americans?
Pejorative, or not?
TheVisitor




msg:297152
 12:17 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Just curious - does anyone across the pond from me (I'm in England), dislike this word? I'm sure I remember that some of you used to (and I mean a long time after the Civil War!).

 

justgowithit




msg:297153
 12:47 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

nah, doesn't bother me or anyone I know.

bcolflesh




msg:297154
 12:47 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Americans don't care when Poms call them Yanks.

justgowithit




msg:297155
 1:02 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

umm... what's a "pom"?

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TheVisitor




msg:297156
 1:06 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>>>> Americans don't care when Poms call them Yanks.

BColflesh - does that make you a Foster's drinker? Surely the Americans don't call the Brits 'poms'?

>>>>> umm... what's a "pom"?

[worldwidewords.org...]

bcolflesh




msg:297157
 1:09 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Typical Limey response, accuse me of being Australian! ;)

TheVisitor




msg:297158
 1:46 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

LOL - Limey is much better ;)

vkaryl




msg:297159
 5:30 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Bothered my deep-south ex in-laws; doesn't bother me. I'd rather be called "yank" than "ugly american", after all....

roscoepico




msg:297160
 5:32 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yanks suck, GO SOX!;)

Essex_boy




msg:297161
 6:26 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

The term Limey really annoys me, dunno why.

How did it come about?

vkaryl




msg:297162
 6:28 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Apocryphal (as in "grain of salt" time): was told at one point by a biggie in "our" Navy that it came about in the time of Admiral Lord Nelson, who was the first "modern" seaman to provide fruit (especially limes) to his navvies in order to stave off scurvy....

mivox




msg:297163
 7:07 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Couldn't care less, myself. I can't imagine it would really bother anyone except the truly deep-south types vkaryl mentioned... still holding a grudge about the civil war and all.

pete_m




msg:297164
 7:53 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Wikipedia can tell you all about pom and limey:
[en.wikipedia.org ]

It's also got the American equivalents:
[en.wikipedia.org ]
although the worst has surely got to be "seppo"...

lawman




msg:297165
 8:34 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

"Yanks" is ok with me.

martinibuster




msg:297166
 8:48 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Depends on who is calling me a yank, and in what context.

Is it offensive if I call you Brits?

jecasc




msg:297167
 10:42 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

I always thought the term Yanks or Yankees referred to Americans from the North. At least in old civil war movies you always hear the confederates talking about the Yankees.
By the way the Yankees sucked bad against the Red Socks. I think the game was baseball...

Greets from a "Kraut"

vkaryl




msg:297168
 10:58 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

The game WAS baseball - until the 4th one.... and yes, the Yankees sucked big-time from that point on *sigh*.... So we don't get EITHER LA or NY this year, so I don't care about the Series at all....

monkeythumpa




msg:297169
 12:10 am on Oct 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

I used to go to boarding school in England and every body made fun of everybody else, some had last names that rhymed with male genetalia, some were ugly, some were just stupid. They teased me for being a "Yank". It wasn't that they were calling me a "Yank" but that they were teasing me. So I beat them up. It is the principle of the thing...

sidewinder




msg:297170
 3:07 am on Oct 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

The only people who drink Fosters is people who *aren't* from Australia.

It's marketed to the international market more than it is here, although they do flog their other brands more locally than the Fosters brand.

Leosghost




msg:297171
 12:02 pm on Oct 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

I thought the only way to insult an American was to call them a Canadian ..a "mick"

vkaryl




msg:297172
 3:19 pm on Oct 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Leosghost - I though "mick" was a pejorative for "Irish"?

bcolflesh




msg:297173
 3:27 pm on Oct 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

I though "mick" was a pejorative for "Irish"?

Right - I believe he was thinking of "Canuck".

vkaryl




msg:297174
 5:20 pm on Oct 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Now how can the nick of a perfectly respectable hockey team be considered a pejorative?

Leosghost




msg:297175
 5:37 pm on Oct 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

I was refering to yours truly as a "mick" before anyone else did ..
I meant that to insult a Canadian you call them an American and vice versa...
To insult us Irish ..you call us English!

vkaryl




msg:297176
 6:07 pm on Oct 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

*laughing* Ah. Okay. Got it....

Of course, you could just call us all "North Americans".... since we are....

vkaryl




msg:297177
 12:36 am on Oct 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Okay, here's the scoop on "limey"....

"In 1740 Admiral Vernon was the first to serve rum diluted with water and lime juice to seamen, instead of neat rum, and his sailors called the new drink 'grog'. The purpose was chiefly to increase resistance to the disease, scurvy, which resulted from vitamin C deficiency. The practise of ensuring a regular intake of vitamin C in this way also gave rise to the term 'limey', used by foreigners initally to mean a British seaman, and later extended to British men generally. (With thanks to Katherine Hull)"

From [businessballs.com...]

saoi_jp




msg:297178
 8:48 am on Oct 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

I don't mind "Yank", but "Merkin" sets me off.

[en.wikipedia.org...]

j4mes




msg:297179
 7:44 pm on Oct 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Is it offensive if I call you Brits?

Not a bit :)

TheDoctor




msg:297180
 8:40 pm on Oct 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Is it offensive if I call you Brits?

"Britons" is passť ;)

Freedom




msg:297181
 9:17 am on Oct 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

When I lived in Alabama, Southerners used Yankee as a derogatory term.

Of course, these where the same rednecks that had bumper stickers that read:

The South Will Rise Again!

General Lee surrendered but I didn't!

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