Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Word Origins : Yankee


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In the early day, the word "Yankee" was mentioned to people from New England, where is the first developing area of the United States.

Later, Yankee was mentioned to people from the North East area and finally, it includes all American people.

Like other words, the origin of Yankee is unclear but the most reasonable source is that it is distorted from the popular Dutch name "Janke" means "little John."

People originally used the word to mention to the Dutch colony in New England .

The word became common when American soilders called themselves Yankee during the Revolutionary war against England.

There were evidences at the time that English army call Americans "Yankee" During the Civil war, the word Yankee became sensitive when it is used by the Federation from the South to call the Union from the North.

However, now the internal wars are done. The word Yankee is not used to seperate the nation anymore. It is now represented the whole American.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Word Origins: America

History of America

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The full name of USA is "the United States of America".

We already knew that the United States means the unity of the country at the time of the Declaration of Independence.

But what is America?

If you care to know why American called their country America.

The country America was named by cartographer, Martin Waldseemuller. He named the country after the great explorer name Amerigo Vespucci who stepped on the land in 1507.

Even though many of us have known that the first who found this land was Christopher Columbus the one who really explore it is Amerigo Vespucci.

Christopher Columbus thought that the land he found was some part of Asia. The clear evidence is that he even called local people he found "Red-Indian."

Learning Part

cartographer = Person who is knowledgeable in creating map.