Origin of Yankee
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Ditto Virginia, but in reverse; culturally, northern Virginia is Yankee land (but with gun shops).
The flag that was unveiled at Yankee Stadium 19 days after 9/11 was a different, much larger one.Brad Meltzer's Passion For Reuniting America With Its Historic Objects|Oliver Jones|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The major question for the Republican Party going forward is what all these Yankee newcomers will mean for its direction.
Jeter currently holds the Yankee record for stolen bases, and in 2009, he earned the hits record, as well.
So long to a winner, a superstar, a gentleman, and a Yankee.
The intelligent Yankee soon bethought him of a scheme; and one that appeared feasible.The Bandolero|Mayne Reid
It has often been said of Yankee mechanics that they are "Jacks of all trades and masters of none."The Awakening of the Desert|Julius C. Birge
Yankee ladies came down from the North and taught us to read and write.
I discovered who the fellow was, and that he had practised a piece of Yankee smartness for which I had no redress.The Evolution of Photography |John Werge
I fear the Union League, the government spies, and the damned Yankee officers here.The Little Lady of Lagunitas|Richard Henry Savage
Word Origin for Yankee
1683, a name applied disparagingly by Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam (New York) to English colonists in neighboring Connecticut. It may be from Dutch Janke, literally "Little John," diminutive of common personal name Jan; or it may be from Jan Kes familiar form of "John Cornelius," or perhaps an alteration of Jan Kees, dialectal variant of Jan Kaas, literally "John Cheese," the generic nickname the Flemings used for Dutchmen.
[I]t is to be noted that it is common to name a droll fellow, regarded as typical of his country, after some favorite article of food, as E[nglish] Jack-pudding, G[erman] Hanswurst ("Jack Sausage"), F[rench] Jean Farine ("Jack Flour"). [Century Dictionary, 1902, entry for "macaroni"]
It originally seems to have been applied insultingly to the Dutch, especially freebooters, before they turned around and slapped it on the English. A less-likely theory is that it represents some southern New England Algonquian language mangling of English. In English a term of contempt (1750s) before its use as a general term for "native of New England" (1765); during the American Revolution it became a disparaging British word for all American native or inhabitants. Shortened form Yank in reference to "an American" first recorded 1778.
Originally a nickname for people from New England, now applied to anyone from the United States. Even before the American Revolutionary War, the term Yankee was used by the British to refer, derisively, to the American colonists. Since the Civil War, American southerners have called all northerners Yankees. Since World War I, the rest of the world has used the term to refer to all Americans.