After my love affair with the movie American Sniper, I decided to pick up the book. I am the type of person that if I watch a movie and there is a book it was made after, I need to read the book. And vice versa. This was no exception. But as I begin to get to the heart of the book one thing has really started to irritate me.
The amount of times I am reminded that I am a “Yankee.”
Now I realize that the definition of the word itself does not mean it is derogatory. In fact the author of the book is really just referring to northerners when he uses the word. He mostly uses it to explain things he doesn’t think northerners would understand.
The definition of the word is, anyone from the US by someone outside the US or anyone from the north by anyone from the south.
But lets start with the first reason I do not like this word. Should we start with the song Yankee Doodle Dandy?
As a kid I thought this song was a lot of fun. But looking at the lyrics a little more it is pretty clear that the song was not praising the yankees at all.
“A-riding on a pony”:
a pony?!?! So what the Yankee is either a child and can’t ride a real horse or he is just an idiot.
“and with the girls be handy!” :
This of course could mean be a handy man, but somehow I think this is a more sexual reference…
I am pretty sure this song was intended to make fun of the Yankees and given that it was written by the British I am pretty sure I am not wrong.
Now for the obvious reason a Boston girl does not want to be called a Yankee:
Yes the New York Yankees! As a die hard Red Sox fan the sight of that symbol alone makes me bubble up with anger. They are the team we love to hate. And the word Yankee absolutely makes my blood boil thanks to them.
So the next time you want to call a Boston girl a Yankee remember that New Yorkers are Yankees (self-proclaimed) and Bostonians are Bostonians. Lets leave the derogatory meanings from the past in the past?
Now that, that is off my chest I can continue reading!