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Old 11-02-2012, 11:14 AM   #361 (permalink)
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Yankee/Yank in the USA refers to people from New England. The British refer to everyone in the third largest, third most populous country in the world as yanks because they're jackasses who can't get over their historic attachment to a tiny ****ing portion of the country.
No, it refers to the north in general, and the northeast in particular. New England is part of that area, but not the only part. That's why a non-New England state is the one with a team called the Yankees.

Also, I believe it used to refer to the entire country until the south decided they didn't want to be a part of the country. So basically the British have just continued using the original definition.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:17 AM   #362 (permalink)
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Nice theory

Doesn't explain why Irish, Australians, New Zealanders and various other countries call you it too.

Besides, it's a nickname derived from Yankee, It's not a literal meaning.
Do you see me complaining that 'Limey' is factually wrong because I've never suffererd from scurvy?
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:19 AM   #363 (permalink)
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Nonsense, the team name is better explained by New Yorkers being a bunch of stupid ***s.

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Nice theory

Doesn't explain why Irish, Australians, New Zealanders and various other countries call you it too.
Sure it does - these nations were culturally & intellectually dominated by the British for so long they adopted it as well.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:22 AM   #364 (permalink)
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Nonsense, the team name is better explained by New Yorkers being a bunch of stupid ***s.
Yeah that's it. I mean what would I know about it, I'm only fucking from New England.
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As opposed to all the geniuses in Montana?
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Yankee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A humorous aphorism attributed to E. B. White[citation needed] summarizes these distinctions:

To foreigners, a Yankee is an American.
To Americans, a Yankee is a Northerner.
To Northerners, a Yankee is an Easterner.
To Easterners, a Yankee is a New Englander.
To New Englanders, a Yankee is a Vermonter.
And in Vermont, a Yankee is somebody who eats pie for breakfast.
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A humorous aphorism attributed to E. B. White[citation needed] summarizes these distinctions:

To foreigners, a Yankee is an American.
To Americans, a Yankee is a Northerner.
To Northerners, a Yankee is an Easterner.
To Easterners, a Yankee is a New Englander.
To New Englanders, a Yankee is a Vermonter.
And in Vermont, a Yankee is somebody who eats pie for breakfast.
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