** Opinions expressed in various columns of this website are the sole opinions of the writer and are not necessarily of the Colorado Prime Timers organization, it’s Board or Editor. If you're from New England a Yankee is someone from Maine.

Oi, you limey cunts! The phrase “stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni” referred to a foppish English group called the Macaroni Club, whose members wore ludicrous “continental” fashions they mistakenly believed to be elegant. Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, who fled sodomy charges in Prussia, was an integral member of the Continental Army, training the troops and serving as General Washington!s chief of staff. gamer_152. It is a myth that “Yankee Doodle” was originally a patriotic song. . Southerners might take offense to it. So calling them Yanks is my little way to let off some steam without exploding and making myself look dumber then I usually do. /sarcasm  But come on though, most of them Yanks are probably too stupid, ignorant, lazy and busy eating fatty foods to even realize it if it was being used as an insult. Really it's only offensive within a greater context of implied superiority. I prefer redneck if its not too much trouble ", I found myself making a point to always say it because it's my only way to get back at all them for the obnoxious and stupid jokes you hear people make every time you say you are from Canada. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts.

I explained to him that I am from Washington State. Here’s the clincher: The doodle can’t pull it off. I've always considered yanks to be those who live in the New England area of the east coast. . Not really, though I grew up and live in the western/northwestern U.S.  People in the south might have a different take on it. I think it's kind of funny. Not to me, but I'm a white male, so, legally I don't think I get to be offended by anything. You are belting out words used by the soldiers who made that birth possible, and with a taunt that boomeranged for the ages. Some historical notes, though, are less inspiring . The British can call me Yank if I can call them Red Coats. " As a Maryland'er from Baltimore, I get called a 'Yank' by people from southern Maryland. Press J to jump to the feed. I would suggest it's not a strong dividing line, some deviation there. Yes, because it's one letter away from "wank.". So, essentially, the colonists were stupid faggots. Or Any Random Native American a Navajo or Apache without prior knowledge.

It’s a play on the word “dandy,” referring to a fop or self-absorbed, overly stylish man. Some British people think it is so they use like an insult which makes them sound dumb and funny. Segal reveals, “Yankee Doodle Dandy” was actually the most popular British rallying chant of its day. Colorado Prime Timers is a social club only. A “doodle,” now meaning a worthless drawing, referred to a fool or patsy. I ask because not so long ago I was talking to an american friend of mine and I jokingly said "you yanks are hilarious" which she took offence too. It wouldn't offend me. This topic is locked from further discussion. George M. Cohan popularized the tune with his adaptation, “The Yankee Doodle Boy,” from the 1904 musical Little Johnny Jones. /endsarcasm, No, I actually like Yank. I wouldn't really be offended... but to be honest it wouldn't make a whole lot of sense. Gringo is the term I heard for us folk north of the border.

cinched waistcoats, tall white wigs, slippers, and colorful stockings. I just like how it sounds :D. Not to me. The origin of the word Yankee, the song "Yankee Doodle Dandy" explained, and George Washington likely did stand while crossing the Delaware River. Yank is fine, she overreached, you win that round, you told me I win i like you have an upvote.

As a US American, I find it quite funny when my 'cross the pond co-worker uses the term, jokes about drinking tea and wearing red on July 4th, uses other Brit-centric terms like "wanker" and "buggered", or jokes about our sport of hand-egg. “Such a figure, essenced and perfumed, with a bunch of lace sticking out under its chin, puzzles the common passenger to determine the thing’s sex,” Town and Country declared of the macaronis in 1772. After the Battle of Saratoga, an English officer reported hearing American troops singing the song in victory. (Some in the south consider the secession from the Union to be completely legal.). Despite my knowledge of the historical inaccuracy. And since it's just "Yankee" shortened I don't see how it could be. Then again, I have a sense of humor, so does he, and the real jokes on him since he married a woman from the deep south which may well result in his children having a hilarious combination of accents. It is often sung patriotically in the United States and is the state anthem of Connecticut.

You could call me pretty, but in the right tone it would be insulting. Not sure if that's just him or not. I live in the Pacific Northwest which is on the other side of the country, so Yank isn't something you ever hear out here. it'll only bother me if you don't have a accent.

It was originally used by New Yorkers to criticize the native Chicagoan pride, calling Chicago a town of windbags (which still continues to this day). It is the lover’s spell, the nurse’s lullaby,” he wrote. The delicious irony is that, as the colonists began to win the war, they embraced “Yankee Doodle Dandy” as their own. When I was in the Navy, this one guy from Arkansas called me a Yankee. The “macaroni” mentioned in the chorus isn’t pasta, but rather 18th-century slang for the British dandies who eschewed English drabness in favor of European flair . . To be fair, "Yankee doodle" was a British song making fun of Americans.

It was intended to be offensive, and it was.

Granted, the Yankees is the name of an American sports team, but not all of those are slurs. . The songs "Yankee Doodle" and "Over There" all mention the term, we love it. . I feel like modern society has it drummed into our heads that referring to other nationalities using a slang term is the same as referring to them using a derogatory term, it is not always so.

“And many a time an honest laboring porter has said, “By your leave, madame, without intending to give offense.”, Assumptions about the macaronis‘ sexuality were widespread: After the arrests of Captain Robert Jones on sodomy charges, the Public Ledger declared the country is over-run with Catamites, with monsters of Captain Jones’ taste, or, to speak in a language which all may understand, with MACCARONIES.”. “Yankee Doodle” is now their paean, a favorite of favorites, played in their army . Don't think it's an American thing. Reappropriation is an American specialty .
A “ yankee,” of course, is a derogatory term for an American. Southerners occasionally refer to northerners as yankees as kind of a slur, although this isn't as common as it used to be. So, would it bother you if I referred to you as a Yank? No clue if it actually bothers them or not. make of that as you will. " I have a Yankee friend who feels like being called a yank is like saying all amercians are fat, stupid, lazy, ignorant slobs like the typical American stereotype they get perceived as by the rest of the world all rolled up into one word. We have a fucking song calling ourselves that. Follow 14838. I think it was used derogatorily in the past.

Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window). I don't know if it's offensive or not), I wouldn't know I'm Irish and as far as we are concerned call us what you like, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Like should you just call me a yank I'd probably be fine, but if it were more like, "well yanks are fat and stupid" then it's connoting actual stereotypes. As a southerner, certainly while growing up, it would have offended me greatly. If she's from the deep south it might make sense though. It doesn't offend me personally, but, I'd feel as though I'm being offensive if referring to other nationalities using slang, so . I don't find it offensive. For reference see Chicago's nickname "The Windy City".

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