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Is calling somebody a Yankee offensive?

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Posted: 6/23/2014 1:41 PM

Is calling somebody a Yankee offensive? 



When I used to live in the Northeast, there were a few times when I started to talk about the Yankees and the other person looked offended. That is until they realized that I was talking about the baseball team. I learned that I better not refer to a Northerner as a Yankee when I was up north.

But the New York baseball team is called the Yankees, the regional magazine for New England is called Yankee Magazine, etc.

Are Northerners offended by being called a Yankee?
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Posted: 6/23/2014 1:47 PM

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Never bothered me.  Normally people who use the term have a thick southern accent so it was always more comical for me to hear than it was offensive.

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Posted: 6/23/2014 1:49 PM

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I think it speaks more about the person using it than it's insulting to the recipient. Northerners stopped clinging to the North vs. South thing back in the 1800s. The term only has any negative impact to the Southerners who use it.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 1:50 PM

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SWMBO calls me a Damn Yank sometimes.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 2:09 PM

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To most of the world it refers to an American. noidea
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Posted: 6/23/2014 2:15 PM

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KevinGT wrote: I think it speaks more about the person using it than it's insulting to the recipient. Northerners stopped clinging to the North vs. South thing back in the 1800s. The term only has any negative impact to the Southerners who use it.

Quite true. I moved to GA when I was in middle school in the late 80s. I remember being quite confused at the resentment so many Southerners felt towards the north. I had no idea it still existed, as the reciprocal didn't. Never made sense to me.

Anyhow, I never thought of Yankee as a derogatory term. Can't recall ever seeing anyone get offended at being called one (most of my extended family still lives in the northeast).
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Posted: 6/23/2014 2:16 PM

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No
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Posted: 6/23/2014 2:20 PM

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KevinGT wrote: I think it speaks more about the person using it than it's insulting to the recipient. Northerners stopped clinging to the North vs. South thing back in the 1800s. The term only has any negative impact to the Southerners who use it.

A few of the Hive 5 prove that isn't even close to true.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 2:31 PM

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The fact most of the Civil War was fought in the south and in some places the north waged total devastation affects how some parts of the country view this. Burners and looters are usually not regarded with fondness.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 2:36 PM

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KevinGT wrote: I think it speaks more about the person using it than it's insulting to the recipient. Northerners stopped clinging to the North vs. South thing back in the 1800s. The term only has any negative impact to the Southerners who use it.
It may have nothing to do with the North vs South thing.  I've heard family members use it to describe why somebody was a poor social fit or rude.  In that instance it's a geographical cultural reference, not historical.  Although it's just as likely they would say "He's from up north" as to use the actual word.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 2:38 PM

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Only when ctmoore used it to establish a broad generalization that Northerners, on the whole, are rude & vulgar.

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Posted: 6/23/2014 2:40 PM

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Then you meet one of them, and they spend the whole witching and whining about how hot it is; humid it is; how the schools are bad; people are slow; how back north they have real traffic; God isn't that important' watermelon and fried chicken is not nature's perfect meal; it goes on and on.

They throw the whole litany out in just a couple of minutes (cause they talk so blame fast), and then everything you heard about 'em growing up is confirmed.


GTime wrote: The fact most of the Civil War was fought in the south and in some places the north waged total devastation affects how some parts of the country view this. Burners and looters are usually not regarded with fondness.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 2:42 PM

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Regardless of what the rest of the world thinks there are actually only two types of Yankees...Yankee is one that lives above the Mason Dixon line & Damn Yankees the ones that moved below that line.
As John Shelton Reed so eloquently stated we (Southerners) will forget about the war when y'all (Yankees) bring back the spoons.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 2:45 PM

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KevinGT wrote: I think it speaks more about the person using it than it's insulting to the recipient. Northerners stopped clinging to the North vs. South thing back in the 1800s. The term only has any negative impact to the Southerners who use it.
Northerners' feelings of superiority and their stereotypes of the South and Southerners are strong and they contradict this statement.  As evidence, I will present the conversation on The View this morning that I had the unfortunate experience of hearing while waiting for SWMBO at a doctor's office.   One of the people mentioned making a trip to Alabama and immediately started belittling the folks who "live 10 miles outside of Birmingham or Montgomery."  The rest of the group and the audience laughed heartily.

Are there rednecks in the South?  Of course there are.  However, there are rednecks in the North and the West but they escape the derision heaped on rednecks with a Southern accent.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 2:49 PM

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What about "Carpetbagger"?
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Posted: 6/23/2014 2:52 PM

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65rat wrote:

Are there rednecks in the South?  Of course there are.  However, there are rednecks in the North and the West but they escape the derision heaped on rednecks with a Southern accent.
I'll confirm that there are rednecks in the North.  Head to upstate New York and there are plenty.  I don't go bothering them and they don't go bothering me.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 3:09 PM

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Jacketbuckeye wrote: SWMBO calls me a Damn Yank sometimes.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 3:13 PM

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GottaGoodBuzz wrote:
Jacketbuckeye wrote: SWMBO calls me a Damn Yank sometimes.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 3:15 PM

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I'm curious - do those of you who have so much animosity to perceived northern feelings of superiority and northern stereotypes of the south feel the same way about Texans? I ask because in my experience Texans are usually the worst about the whole "things are better where I'm from" attitude. 

My point is that every region has stereotypes about other regions, some stronger than others. As proven in this thread, Southerners have just as strong stereotypes of Northerners. But Southerners tend to use those stereotypes to justify this bizarre animosity towards the North, whereas most regional stereotypes don't generate that animosity. And frankly, the stereotypes about the South aren't a Northern thing - pretty much the entire country (and foreign countries) outside of the South holds those stereotypes. But Southerners usually only blame Northerners for it. It's the eqiuvalent of Americans blaming Switzerland for their stereotypes of the US when most of Europe holds the same stereotypes (incidentally, the first stereotype out of most European's mouths is "Fat").

I'm not justifying the stereotypes, just explaining the difference that I see. Not sure why I'm bothering because I know the resentment is usually deeply held and isn't going to change.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 3:20 PM

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...only if they choose to be offended I guess noidea
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