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.
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.