Date: Fri, 21 Oct 1994 06:12:00 EDT


Subject: Offensive terms

# Since it was used a while back in this discussion, let me

# register my offense at "The War of Northern Aggression,:" y'all.


# David Bergdahl Ohio University/Athens OH

A few years ago, while exploring back roads along the bluffs

overlooking the Mississippi in southwestern Wisconsin, I found a

cemetery with graves going back to the mid-19th century. Near the

back were a few headstones dated 1861, with inscriptions indicating

that the young men buried there had died in the "Infamous Southern

Rebellion". So there.

"Yankee", by the way, is definitely a negative term in Waycross, GA,

where I'm living now -- I've even seen bumper stickers saying "I had

[!] rather be dead than be a Yankee." But natives have no qualms

about using it openly; in fact, I hear "Are you a Yankee?" several

times a week, not to mention constant references to Yankees "coming

down here and telling us how to live our lives".

I don't know what this says about Southern manners.

David Johns

Waycross College

Waycross, GA