Tuesday, March 20, 2007

What is a Yankee?

Leroy E. Goss, Knight of the Road. Vantage Press, NY. 1969
On day somebody asked what a Yankee was, and here is the definition we arrived at: To a person living outside the United States, a Yankee is an American. To Americans living below the Mason & Dixon Line, a Yankee is anyone who lives north of the Mason & Dixon Line. To those of us who live north of the line, a Yankee is a person who lives in New England; and to most New Englanders, a Yankee is a resident of Vermont.

In Vermont a Yankee is a person who eats apple pie for breakfast. Now this is as far as the definition usually goes unless you are from Maine. In Maine, Vermonters are considered as living in the western part of the United States. In Maine a Yankee is a person living on, or near, the coast who eats apple pie for breakfast and takes baked-bean sandwiches in his lunch bucket.
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