Date: Thu, 20 Oct 1994 23:14:22 -0400 From: Claudio Salvucci 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]