Well, the British settlers, being oh so clever, nicknamed Dutch cheese makers, John Cheese. “Let’s go visit the John Cheese.” “Righto, my good man. Splendid idea!” *gg* In the Dutch language, the letter J is pronounced as an English Y. So, when the Dutch tried to pronounce their new pet name, “John Cheese”, it came out as Yan Kees. Pretty close, huh? This theory works for me. How ’bout you?
So what happened to the word Yankee through history? It seems to have different meanings for different folks. So glad you asked. Briefly:
Until next time,