[LMB] OT: Canadian sensibilities

Jacki Knight jacki at knightech.com.au
Thu Jan 15 13:34:03 GMT 2009

> At 03:31 PM 27/12/2008, dreitman at spiritone.com wrote:
>> The meaning varies by region.  I recall the joke going:
>> To a Brit, "Yankee" means American.
> I must admit that I've never heard a Brit or Aussie (1) say Yankee  
> outside
> of reference to a stage musical. Just Yank is common, or less  
> commonly,
> "Merkin". Aussie sometimes use "Septic" too.
> Iestyn
> (1) with a zed sound not an ess sound. Just like we came from OZ,  
> it rhymes
> with Ozzie, as in Mr Osbourne.

Of course, given the other meaning of merkin, that is pretty much an  
insult (although to be fair, usually unintended).

Jacki in Canberra - still polishing the coffee off her monitor since  
Cally brought that one up a few posts earlier.

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