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Americans Hate “Yank”: Or Canadians That Use It?

02-Sep-07 04:16 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

My goodness – that’s twice now I’ve been "called down" in a forum for using the word "Yank".  It happened first in a CNet article where I used the word to distinguish between Canadian and American internet services generally.  Then in this DIgg comment stream (look for references to "ross613") for using the word to distinguish between an American and Candian ISP.  To me the word is pretty innocent slang – not derogative at all.  But, there’s mounting evidence that Americans (and I’ll not be using "yank" in reference to them anymore) don’t like it.  Or is it just they don’t like it when Canadians use it?

I honestly don’t know, but since I am a Canadian (not much I can do about that – not that I’d care to), and don’t want to irritate my American friends, I’d guess I’d better change my habits.

It’s just a bit of a surprise…."yank" is, after all, an abbreviation for "yankee".

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