Can someone explain what a Yank or Yankee is

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London Calling

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We call anyone from that Great country of
Yours a Yank
But on the tv the other nigjt people from Texas were on about the Yankees up north
Is it to do with the civil war between the union and the confederatess or the mason dixie line ?
Are pepple from California And Washington state yankees ?
And if someone from say New York is a Yankee what do they call someone from say Georgia is it a rebel ?
To us you are all yanks as we are limeys
Can someone please clear this up please
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Yank my crank.
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It was explained to me thusly, a yankee is the string on the end of a pad. Know what I mean Vern?

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Are people from California And Washington state yankees ?

No, they are either drug addicts, liberal democrats aka dumocrats or illegals.
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Zoe Regen wrote:
Are people from California And Washington state yankees ?
No, they are either drug addicts, liberal democrats aka dumocrats or illegals.
Aren't you just the funniest thing to pop out of a woman's body ever?

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Anyone born north of the Mason-Dixon.

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To the South, a Yankee is anyone from the North.

In the North, a Yankee generally means a New Englander

In New England, it generally means someone from Vermont.

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In other parts of the world, it's used as an ethnic slur against Americans akin to "gringo"
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-The-Artist- wrote:
To the South, a Yankee is anyone from the North.
In the North, a Yankee generally means a New Englander
In New England, it generally means someone from Vermont.
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In other parts of the world, it's used as an ethnic slur against Americans akin to "gringo"
ANTI WHITE RACISTS!
London Calling

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Thanks guys
Could you please explain another one for me ?
Again when we watch the tv
Why do some Americans say they are
Irish or Italian etc
When they are clearly not
They maybe third generation but surely they have been born in America and lived in America
I lnow some ppl call themselves Afro/American
What is that all about
But i have never heard anyone from the USA say they are English
Or English/American

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London Calling wrote:
Thanks guys
Could you please explain another one for me ?
Again when we watch the tv
Why do some Americans say they are
Irish or Italian etc
When they are clearly not
They maybe third generation but surely they have been born in America and lived in America
I lnow some ppl call themselves Afro/American
What is that all about
But i have never heard anyone from the USA say they are English
Or English/American
Wiki thinks 9% of people report themselves as Anglo-Americans http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_American

As a whole, I think Americans try to claim a heritage that they think is more interesting than they see themselves, with England being seen as less culturally different from America than Italy or even Ireland, I think you just get fewer boring people trying to cling to it to make themselves more interesting.

Returning to the OP, I don't ever hear Limey used when I'm back in the states. Nor Yankee or Yank here, really.

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London Calling wrote:
Thanks guys
Could you please explain another one for me ?
Again when we watch the tv
Why do some Americans say they are
Irish or Italian etc
When they are clearly not
They maybe third generation but surely they have been born in America and lived in America
I lnow some ppl call themselves Afro/American
What is that all about
But i have never heard anyone from the USA say they are English
Or English/American
Everyone claims their roots,such as in Italian heritage, who's ancestors are from Italy.
For instance, I am an American,with Italian heritage.

African Americans?....if they have relatives from Africa that's different, but if not, then they're just Americans. It was a declaration to make them belong to a specific race, I'm guessing. No offense!

Surely you can't be this naive......there's always google.....
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Karl would probably say its white guilt.

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BizzyBee wrote:
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Everyone claims their roots,such as in Italian heritage, who's ancestors are from Italy.
For instance, I am an American,with Italian heritage.
African Americans?....if they have relatives from Africa that's different, but if not, then they're just Americans. It was a declaration to make them belong to a specific race, I'm guessing. No offense!
Surely you can't be this naive......there's always google.....
You're cool, Bee.:-) It's a three hour drive to VA Beach and everyone calls me 'that yankee.' But in a loving manner.
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Seriouslady wrote:
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You're cool, Bee.:-) It's a three hour drive to VA Beach and everyone calls me 'that yankee.' But in a loving manner.
That's not all they call you.

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I Will Kill Your Dog wrote:
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Aren't you just the funniest thing to pop out of a woman's body ever?
Just try and kill my dog, you will meet your maker sooner than you think! I am woman, hear me roar, you mentally ill democrat!

In addition, you better watch your back, I will turn you to you know who, Kim Jong Un!

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London Calling wrote:
Thanks guys
Could you please explain another one for me ?
Again when we watch the tv
Why do some Americans say they are
Irish or Italian etc
When they are clearly not
They maybe third generation but surely they have been born in America and lived in America
I lnow some ppl call themselves Afro/American
What is that all about
But i have never heard anyone from the USA say they are English
Or English/American
Because most are stupid democrats and cannot speak English!

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Seriouslady wrote:
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You're cool, Bee.:-) It's a three hour drive to VA Beach and everyone calls me 'that yankee.' But in a loving manner.
VA beach is only three hrs from you?
Wow!
You can go quite often then!
Do you have relatives down there?
Yankee Doodle Noodle!
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Silly me......lol

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