Date: Thu, 20 Oct 1994 23:14:22 -0400
From: Claudio Salvucci CSALVUCCI[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]DELPHI.COM
Subject: Re: Yankee
Regarding the etymology of "yankee", someone mentioned
that it was a term for the Dutch, which is confirmed in some dictionaries.
However, there are quite a few 19th century scholars who derive it from
an Algonquian (Lenape) attempt to pronounce "English" (The actual
Algonquian form given is "Yengwe", later anglicized to "Yankee".
I don't know if modern etymological studies have disproved this,
but so goes the theory in the 1800's (i think by Rev. John Heckewelder)
Claudio R. Salvucci
csalvucci[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]delphi.com