What's in a Name?

I was just over at the Acidman's blog, and he's talking about Rednecks and Yankees...I like names...I heard a great definition of Yankee once....I can't remember where I heard it, or if I read it somewhere...but, reading his post just made me think of it...anyway, it went something like this..

What is a Yankee?...To everyone on the planet, a Yankee is an American...to an American, a Yankee is someone from the "North"...to a Northerner, a Yankee is someone from New England...to a New Englander, a Yankee is someone from Vermont...to someone from Vermont, a Yankee is someone from Vermont who doesn't have indoor plumbing...

From that definition, it looks like everyone keeps pointing the finger at someone else...I guess the same can sometimes be said about Redneck..or probably any name you want to call people....language is incredible..

While I lived overseas, I got called a Yankee a lot...I didn't mind it one bit...even though I'm from Tennessee...here in Tennessee, no one calls me a Yankee...It really doesn't matter to me...it's just a name...I've been called a Redneck in a jovial way...and, I've been called a Redneck in an aggressive, derisory way..the same as I have been called a Yankee in both ways....the name doesn't mean much on it's own...it is the way that it is delivered....the tone...the intent of the speaker, I suppose...

I think of myself as a Redneck because of my family roots...but, I guess I am not really one....I don't farm, thus no red neck....so, it is kinda like that "What is a Yankee" analogy....it just depends on your individual definition....so, in the eyes of the World, I'm a Yankee...in the eyes of an American, I'm probably a Redneck....in the eyes of most Rednecks I know, I'm decidedly not a Redneck...

..damn, this is starting to get confusing now...I'd better stop...

by Eric on November 28, 2003 | Comments(7) | Psycho Rants

Comments so far:

Being from Alaska originally, a Yankee to me has always been somebody who holds a baseball bat.

Of course, my view on this subject is skewed. The first time I came out of Alaska and were crossing the border into North Dakota I said "Look mom, we're in the south."

posted by: Rob on November 28, 2003 11:37 AM

HA! Point well taken, Rob..

posted by: Eric on November 28, 2003 11:38 AM

"....the name doesn't mean much on it's own...it is the way that it is delivered...."
Lotsa names like that, hmmm? Moral may be "watch your delivery."

posted by: Indigo on November 28, 2003 07:21 PM

Yep, Indigo..as always, the key is in the delivery...you can call me what you like, as long as you are joking, or have a smile..but the minute you become hostile, you'll get hostility in return..I suppose it is the same with all civilized folks....we are all, in the final analysis, human beings...and we all have our dignities...

posted by: Eric on November 28, 2003 07:33 PM

This is a joke my father tells:
"What's the difference between a Yankee and a Damn Yankee?"
A Yankee is someone who comes down South and visits. A Damn Yankee is one who stays.

posted by: Amy on November 28, 2003 11:29 PM

Amy - My home is in an area populated by the latter. Funny thing is, they give many negative reasons why they left the north, but start trying to change things here to be like where they left. Go figure.

posted by: Indigo on November 29, 2003 02:48 PM

Made sense to me. How one is percepted is how one is defined. EVERYONE is not going to lump you into the same category.

posted by: Key on November 30, 2003 11:36 AM