Coming Direct to You: The Yankees | Larry Paros Blog

Coming Direct to You: The Yankees | Larry Paros Blog

Rita Rudzinsky  ⋅  14 Jun 2016 17:10:34

Funny etymology, learning language can be fun: The Yanks are coming/The Yanks are coming/The drums rum-tumming everywhere — according to Over There, America’s favorite World War I song, penned by our very own Yankee Doodle Dandy, George M. Cohan.Yankee derives from the Dutch Jan Kee, “Little John,” which the English used to signify “John Cheese,” a disparaging European nickname for the cheese-making, cheese-loving Hollanders. But by 1663, Dutch settlers in the New World had turned it around, using it as a derisive reference for their English counterparts.And Yankee Doodle? During the French and Indian War, a British officer, Dr. Richard Schuckburg, inspired by the shabby state of the American recruits, wrote a set of satirical lyrics to the tune of an old martial air. During the Revolution, the British fife and drum corps played it regularly to further annoy the colonists.

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