Seeking Pacific-Northwestern term...

A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Sun Jun 10 02:33:19 UTC 2001

I probably wouldn't use "yokel" anymore. I heard it much more often when I
was young, a generation before Benjamin's. Now it think it's pretty much
confined to the phrase "local yokel", at least around Seattle.  I agree
that "hick" might be more common. The original question was about someone
liek a woodsman from northern Idaho. That carries a different set of
connotations about who is being referred to. Is it the political extreme
right, is it the Aryan Nations people, is it the seperatist movement,
etc.? I don't think anyone in Seattle would describe such people as

maberry at

On Sat, 9 Jun 2001, Benjamin Barrett wrote:

> In general, I don't think a Seattleite would use "yokel." I don't
> know if I've even ever heard anyone in Seattle say that word, but
> surely it's not typical of the speech.
> Friends my age (low 30s) do use the word "hick," and I *think* that
> would probably be pretty typical of most age groups. I also hear
> references to "fucking goats," but I don't think I've ever heard the
> noun form "goat fucker."
> The two words that register for me for a really rural area are "the
> boonies" and "the bush."
> Benjamin Barrett
> Tukwila, WA
> > -----Original Message-----
> > Bapopik at AOL.COM
> > Sent: Saturday, June 09, 2001 8:31 AM
> >
> > "Yokel."  Consult a slang thesaurus.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: KenSandban at AOL.COM
> Sent: Saturday, June 09, 2001 7:16 AM
> ...for rural hick, rube, bumpkin  as used by a "city slicker"
> More specifically, something an upwardly mobile Seattleite might use
> to refer
> to a woodsman from, say northern Idaho.
> I appreciate any responses. I am writing fiction which could benefit
> from a
> little linguistic authenticity.

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