wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Oct 27 23:51:11 UTC 2005
Three tidbits concerning the mysterious etymology of "Yankee," which I encourage others to follow up on :
1. Evidently there was a pirate called "Captain Yankey" who sialed the seas in the late 17th C.
2. Some years ago I met a young fellow on campus named "Dennis Yankee." Naturally, he had not the slightest idea of where the name came from.
3. The Algonquian conversations subtitled in the 1993 film of _The Last of the Mohicans_ employ the word / 'yEngiz / (spelled "Yengees" elsewhere) to refer to the English. Whatever the case in the 18th C., the modern-day film consultant on Algonquian evidently felt this word was genuine and appropriate. (I believe that doubt has been expressed as to whether "Yengees" was a real word.)
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