Re: Long-ish but excellent stuff: thanks Jacob
Posted by Mark A on 06/10/2004 11:01:56 AM
As a lifelong American, I have no problem with being referred to as a Yank. It is in no way similar to "Wank." The origin of the phrase "yankee doodle" is Dutch, and so is especially relevant on this website, even if it was originally intended as a pejorative (over 200 years ago.) Americans have long since co-opted the phrase and use it proudly - you have only to look to Major League baseball to see evidence.
True, the work Yankee is also used to refer to soldiers in the Union Army during the Civil War, as counterpart to Rebels of the Confederate Army. But the word has always been inclusive of all Americans.
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