Date: Tue, 6 Jun 1995 15:52:27 GMT
From: Barnhart Lexik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HIGHLANDS.COM
Last weekend my wife found the following boilerplate in a newspaper:
If you live outside the United States, a Yankee
is someone who comes from the United States.
If you live in the United States, a Yankee
is someone who lives north of the Mason-Dixon line.
If you live north of the Mason-Dixon line a Yankee
is someone who comes from New England.
If you live in New England, a Yankee
is someone who comes from Vermont.
If you live in Vermont, a Yankee
is someone who eats apple pie for breakfast.
The first three usages are well established in the dictionary record (See:
World Book Dictionary, American College Dictionary, and Merriam-Webster's
10th Collegiate for instance). However, I am looking for corroberation of
using Yankee to refer to a Vermonter or a Vermonter who eats apple pie for
breakfast. I have checked Dict. of Americanisms and Dict. of American
English without finding support. Similarly unsupportive are unabridged
Random House and Merriam-Webster, OED and OEDS (both versions). Does anyone
on ADS-L know of these usages?
Thanks for your help.
Barnhart[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]Highlands.Com