Paul G, I noted you changed the "External Links" header to "See Also." I used the Entry_layout_explained page to decide that this was an external_link rather than a see_also. Before I make any more such mistakes I would like some direction:

As the page title is "Yanks" and the w: is "Yankee," please tell me how you arrived at that decision (small one that it may be :-)) --HiFlyer 19:57, 20 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Could we add some usage labels to distinguish UK and US usage? In the UK, "Yank" almost always means "American"/"inhabitant of the US". In the US, I think, it usually means a New Englander? -Richard 20:50, 20 Jan 2005 (UTC)

I think the current secondary definition is misleading. The term is certainly also used in Tasmania, probably all of Australia, and isn't restricted to refering to Americans abroad; rather, it is used when casually refering to an American (or Americans in general, 'Yanks') with a note of distaste or disapproval.

Richard, perhaps it could be as easy as just adding that directly into the text, as I did on this word. Hopefully this isn't so easy that it will be the wrong answer ;-) --HiFlyer 20:53, 21 Jan 2005 (UTC)

US usageEdit

I have almost never heard the short form yank used by an American, unless they are imitating non-US usage. As far as my life experience has shown me it's always yankee in the US, and 9 times out of 10 the term is restricted to the southern US. (If I went to certain southern cities I would most certainly be called a yankee but other than that I am not likely to hear the word at all, unless somebody is talking about a baseball game which is of course totally different) –Andyluciano 19:46, 4 November 2006 (UTC)

Return to "yank" page.