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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by Bushman » Fri Jan 22, 2016 5:49 am

Googe I have been giving this some thought as we in the US are a melting pot of different nationalities. Years ago I did a tour of the south along the Mississippi River and a lot of towns are still finding bullets from the civil war and they would definitely take offense to being called "Yanks". I am not sure how we are coined Americans other than our country is called "United States of America" but when I travel seems like a lot of the world calls us "Americans", Canada "Canadians" and Mexico "Mexicans".

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by GDGeorge » Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:12 am

Yanks is entirely appropriate in my book. Question for the New Zealanders though: is EnZed OK? I've used it for years and only get odd looks from fellow 'Muricans but since we're on the subject...

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Post by GDGeorge » Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:13 am

BTW: yank goes back a bit. Remember, "Yankee Doodle went to town a-riding on a pony..."

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by T-Pee » Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:03 am

Yep. 'Muricans. :relaxed:

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by bearriver » Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:19 am

I would never say yank or Yankee in polite company.

Context is everything IMO. Yankee is a label used here in the USA by Southerners to describe Northern people and appeals. Southern Americans are not yankees.

We had a bloody civil war between north and south which forever left a scar. Culture and geography separates us, so verbal labels make good sense.

Saying yank to get a rise would be insulting, but that would be the intention and most folks can tell the difference... Besides, there are properly derogatory words that some southerners use which are intended to be offensive... "Carpetbagger" for example describes a northerner buying property in the South, and it is an extremely hateful thing to say to someone.
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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by DAD300 » Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:24 am

I think the name calling between Aussies and NZ is hilarious and always gives me a smile.

Currently Southern Alabama & if I lived any further south, I'd have to be on a boat! Grew up in the North. Regularly people in Alabama scowl and say, "You'll from the North ain't ya?"

Once, an old woman here gave me some guff about having a Japanese car. Her son apologized.

I said, "still sore about WWII?"

He said, "Don't let her hear you're from the North!"

I've got no problem with Yanks.

We're so fractured here each state/region came up with it's own name. State by state we could be Buckeye's, Hoosier's, Cornhusker's, Flatlander, Troll, Ridge Runner, Briar, Hillbilly, Sand Cutter...list goes on and on.
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Post by ga flatwoods » Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:56 am

Grey Meadow was absolutely correct. +1
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Post by BayouShine » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:11 pm

bearriver wrote:"Carpetbagger" for example describes a northerner buying property in the South, and it is an extremely hateful thing to say to someone.
I would venture to say it's a bit more than just buying property. It's been thrown around plenty down here in the past few years.

When people from up north came down to profit off of the hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill disasters, it was pretty tense with some of the ol' boys on the bayou. They didn't like non-local folks coming in and taking their work.

Aside from that, the more preferred term for us down here is "Coonass".

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Post by woodshed » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:03 pm

Coloradoans are frequently referred to as greenies. This started due to our license plate but has recently taken on a whole new meaning.

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Post by Tater » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:13 pm

What the yankees didn't plunder steal or rape in the south they burned . carpet baggers came and bought up what was left for taxes to pay back the yankees for saving us from ourselfs. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: http://artists.letssingit.com/hoyt-axto ... z3y1CD8ptJ" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow but as a aussie dont mind it a bit if ya call me a yank
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Post by GrassHopper » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:44 pm

You can call me a Yankee, you can call me a Confederate, you can call me a Northerner, or a Southerner, or......
You can call me Ray, or you can call me Jay, or you can call me Johnny or you can call me Sonny, or you can call me RayJay, or you can call me RJ... but ya doesn't hafta call me Johnson."

You Aussies prolly won't get this, but older Americans know that this was from a humor shtick back in the 70's.

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Post by Teddysad » Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:26 pm

likkerluvver wrote:There are 55 countries in "The Americas"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_c ... population" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
They include:
USA, Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, Canada, Peru, Venezuela, Chile etc.
All of these countries are American.
America is a continent, usually sub-divided into North America, Central America, and South America.
There is NO such country as America.
The USA is NOT the whole continent. It is just one part of the continent.
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Post by billybags » Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:38 am

GDGeorge wrote:Yanks is entirely appropriate in my book. Question for the New Zealanders though: is EnZed OK? I've used it for years and only get odd looks from fellow 'Muricans but since we're on the subject...
EnZed is fine is so is Kiwiland and for the across the ditch Oz or Ozzy is perfectly acceptable too.

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Post by xcvator » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:52 am

Well for us Australians, you can pretty much call us anything you like, so long as you've got a smile in your voice and on your face :D The ones to watch out for though are those "sheep shaggers" from across "the dutch" :angel: :angel: ( New Zealanders that call fish and chips, "fush 'n chups") Sorry, couldn't help myself :twisted: :twisted: :ebiggrin: :ebiggrin: :ebiggrin:

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by frodo » Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:32 am

xcvator wrote:Well for us Australians, you can pretty much call us anything you like, so long as you've got a smile in your voice and on your face


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I AGREE WITH THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!^^^


:D The ones to watch out for though are those "sheep shaggers" from across "the dutch" :angel: :angel: ( New Zealanders that call fish and chips, "fush 'n chups") Sorry, couldn't help myself :twisted: :twisted:
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Post by RevSpaminator » Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:30 am

Yanks? Sure. Like they say, if you can't love yourself...
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Post by goinbroke2 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:33 pm

Canadians - Canucks
Germans - Box heads
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Americans - Yanks or Americans

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by ripcrd » Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:28 pm

Ask yourself, would I rather be the Yank or the Yankee. [FACE WITH STUCK-OUT TONGUE AND TIGHTLY-CLOSED EYES]
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Post by masonsjax » Sun Jan 24, 2016 3:17 pm

Whatever y'all decide to call us Americans, I guarantee I've been called worse. Won't hurt my feelings.

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Post by xcvator » Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:15 am

frodo wrote:
xcvator wrote:Well for us Australians, you can pretty much call us anything you like, so long as you've got a smile in your voice and on your face


:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
I AGREE WITH THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!^^^




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Post by kiwi Bruce » Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:57 pm

It's like us calling the Brits POM's. It's OK, till you call them whingeing poms or pomme bastards. Most Americans have no idea where the name Yank came from. The English started calling the northern colonies Yankee before the French and Indian war. When Pennsylvania went to war against New York, the Pennsylvanians called the New Yorker's Yankees. During the War of Independence, Yankee Doodle was an American Battle Song.
So Yank is OK..... as far as I've been told. Kiwi
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Post by jb-texshine » Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:10 pm

Personally, my grandpa called me boy mostly, mama called me Justin,friends call me jb,enemies call me what ever they want then have problems with broken jaws unless they prove different.
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Post by frodo » Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:33 pm

i was 15 when my Dad was transferred to the philippines. when we arrived. at the hotel
the porter at the hotel was my age. he grabbed the bags, and so did i. we both took them to the desk
then the boy put his arm around me. OH HELL NO! HOMMIE DONT PLAY THAT!!!
so i shrugged his arm off rather abruptly. I could tell it hurt his feelings. BUT, like I said
Homie dont pitch and catch.. oh no no no.
later, I told my Dad about it.
He told me, That is their way of showing friendship, and i just refused his offer of friendship.
The next morning, I found him, put my arm around his crazy ass and made a friend

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by frodo » Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:36 pm

xcvator wrote:
frodo wrote:
xcvator wrote:Well for us Australians, you can pretty much call us anything you like, so long as you've got a smile in your voice and on your face


:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
I AGREE WITH THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!^^^




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Have you been talking to my wife :)
yeah, She called me a dick head !!!!!!!!!

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Post by thecroweater » Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:58 pm

Well KB its past down to me the the First Nations people of the northern French colonies called the English Yangee, it was their phonetic rendering on the French word for English. It does stand to reason that the word corrupted to Yankee came to mean colonists of the former English colonies. Just speculation but it makes some sense
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Post by john2674 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:19 pm

likkerluvver wrote:There are 55 countries in "The Americas"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_c ... population" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
They include:
USA, Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, Canada, Peru, Venezuela, Chile etc.
All of these countries are American.
America is a continent, usually sub-divided into North America, Central America, and South America.
There is NO such country as America.
The USA is NOT the whole continent. It is just one part of the continent.
While there are a lot of countries on the American continents, I believe the USA is the only country with the word America in its official name.(as far as I know anyway.) That would be my guess as to why were called americans just out of natural human laziness and shortening our name.

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Post by Swedish Pride » Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:01 am

frodo wrote:i was 15 when my Dad was transferred to the philippines. when we arrived. at the hotel
the porter at the hotel was my age. he grabbed the bags, and so did i. we both took them to the desk
then the boy put his arm around me. OH HELL NO! HOMMIE DONT PLAY THAT!!!
so i shrugged his arm off rather abruptly. I could tell it hurt his feelings. BUT, like I said
Homie dont pitch and catch.. oh no no no.
later, I told my Dad about it.
He told me, That is their way of showing friendship, and i just refused his offer of friendship.
The next morning, I found him, put my arm around his crazy ass and made a friend

Same but different in India, was traveling with a mate and we hung out with the local lads for a few days.
All of a sudden as we were walking along they took a hold of our hands and proceeded to walk down the street as a loved up couple.... thats how they show they are friends, would have preferred an arm around my shoulder....
I'm very accepting of other peoples cultures but this one took me aback a fair bit, i didn't pull it away or push him away, just worked it in to the conversation, look whats over there, points with now freed hand and made sure to have a bit more room between us as we were walking along.
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Post by RumDummyDrunk » Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:38 pm

Brits are Wankers, Americans are Americans
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Post by kiwi Bruce » Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:15 pm

RumDummyDrunk wrote:Brits are Wankers, Americans are Americans
To Aussies, Kiwis and South Africans the Brits are known as POMs or POMEs it's the acronym for "Prisoner Of Mother England" it was printed on their clothes, and the poor Bastards where shipped out to the colonies in droves in the early and mid 1800's.
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