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The Nephew
Posted on: 21 November 2005, 8:10pm

A Confederate flag, or Bo and Luke Duke. Still deemed unacceptable in the US of A I'm told, maybe Grampy can tell?

grampy
Posted on: 23 November 2005, 4:23pm

Yup, I'm one of the "ugly Americans" anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line.

The word is one of those that can have both a negative and positive flavor. When used in a derogotory fashion as in "D--- Yankees" it's a definate negative, yet when used as "Yankee Doodle" it has more of a patriotic ring to it. Use of the rebel flag wouldn't really convey the idea well on this side of the pond since a "Yankee" is someone from the Union side of the conflict. Not sure how it could be illustrated to get the meaning across but I'm sure the Headmaster can come up with something good. Maybe a George Washington type with a tricorn hat and a powdered-wig.

The confederate flag WOULD be a good offensive illustration for the folks from the North and anyone of a darker complexion...just not for the word "Yankee."

The Headmaster
Posted on: 23 November 2005, 6:33pm

Grampy, thanks for your wisdom.

Using a C18th type in tricorn and wig for 'Y' would mean nothing over here, people would just think 'Nelson's got his arm back' or somesuch.

I'm considering going for just 'Yank' and have the stereotypical Europe-in-7-days tourists, overweight, over-burdened and over here, with sense of fashion just one notch quieter than their voices. No offence meant!

You do lead us on to a good idea for 'Flag'...

Yank

The Headmaster
Posted on: 24 January 2006, 12:29pm

See Yankee - the husband is now up, complete with stylish socks in sandals combo, his wife will follow (loudly).

grampy
Posted on: 26 January 2006, 3:55pm

Oh my...it's like looking in a mirror!

The Headmaster
Posted on: 27 January 2006, 2:08pm

I'm so glad you approve. Now also up is Hank's wife Bette, fetchingly arrayed in coordinated sportswear and flesh, pointing out a bit of Europe that Hank hasn't shot yet. Another charming foot soldier of God's beloved USA, introducing the world to the benefits of democracy*.

As revolutionary slogans go, the 1776 one of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" is my favourite (even if it had restricted application at the time), promising not just the right to be, and to be as you would choose to be, but also the right to enjoy it too. It has now been superceded by "strife, obesity and the pursuit of profit". The French come second in 1789 with "liberté, egalité, fraternité" - evidently the intellectuals took charge. Tellingly, in 1917 Lenin exhorted the masses with "peace, bread, land" - Russian serfs were starting at the bottom, any change would be for the good.

*Any histories suggesting that democracy originated in Greece, and not the USA, are obviously mistaken.

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