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Re: Exonyms [Re: English syllable structure]

From:Andrew Chaney <adchaney@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 12, 2001, 16:34
on 11/12/01 18:18, Michael Poxon (m.poxon@VIRGIN.NET) wrote:

> I think it's a question of context. I would never (in all seriousness) call > an American a Yank unless it were clear that it was in a spirit of fun (i.e. > "You yanks can't play proper football") and I was reasonably familiar with > the person anyway. To us Brits (not a term, incidentally, I feel remotely > insulted by) all you folks across the pond are Y***s; but, as I say, it does > sound rather abusive, so we'd never (I hope) call you by that name. "Those > poor benighted colonials" is usually sufficient. > ;-)) > Mike
I've never found Yank in any form to be the least bit insulting. And you can't get much further South than I am without a boat. andy.