Date: Wed, 7 Jun 1995 15:16:39 CDT From: Randy Roberts Subject: Yankee David, etal. I found a few interesting items on Yankee in the Scott-Foresman Company citation files we hold. [For those who don't know, this collection contains ca. 350 linear feet of citations collected for Thorndike-Barnhart, World Book, etc. dictionaries. Includes citations collected by Clarence Barnhart and others.] First is a variant on your note. A letter to the Wall Street Journal (1/7/1977) page 6 reads: "The word Yankee itself is ambiguous--depending on one's point of view. To people in other parts of the world it simply means someone from the United States; to people in the United States it means someone from north of the Mason-Dixon line; to us northerners it means someone from New England; to New Englanders it means someone from Vermont; to Vermonters it means someone from the Green Mountains; to Green Mountain Vermonters it means someone who eats apple pie for breakfast; to Green Mountain Vermonters who eat apple pie for breakfast it means someone who eats it with his knife." 2. Newsweek (7/31/1978), p. 65. ". . . Perkins was at bottom a Vermont Yankee who inherited the conscience and some of the eccentricities of his New England forebears." 3. [The source is simply the acronym NY; maybe New Yorker] (4/28/1956), page 43. "Basically, Yankees meant countrypeople who were of English settler stock. . . . Their habitat was in particular New Hampshire and Vermont, although they were scattered over the rest of New England. Their pronunciation of the English language has a peculiar salty flavor. . . " 4. I am curious if you have taken a look at B. A. Botkin, ed., A Treasury of New England Folklore: Stories, Ballads, and Traditions of the Yankee People (New York: Crown, 1947. I know it contains Mencken's etymology of Yankee and wonder if it might give other insights. Randy Roberts Western Historical Manuscript Collection University of Missouri-Columbia robertsr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]