The Arwark are/were a Central American tribe, and I believe they were
some of the first to greet Columbus. That's a long way geographically
and chronologically, from their encounter with English.
I like the Dutch etymology - from Jan Kees, a Flemish term of
disparagement used for the Dutch. But where the trail leads after that
is muddy. The term 'Yankee' is first seen in English documents in
1683, which would fit the development of New Amsterdam and the Dutch
On Wednesday, October 1, 2003, at 10:57 AM, James Yaworsky wrote:
> >From: Stalin15@...
> >I've heard the word "Yankee" was a corruption of the Arwark Indian
> >for "English".
> > Anyone got a definte source on the etymology of that word?
> I've heard that it is an Indian corruption of the French word for
> - "anglais". You have to hear the way it's pronounced in "Last of the
> Mohicans" - "anglais" becomes "yanglais" becomes 'yankee" etc...
> Jim Yaworsky
> P.S. I've never heard of the "Arwark" tribe. Whereabouts were their
> hunting grounds?
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