erik lundegaard

What "Yankees" Really Means

"Detailed early maps of Newfoundland show a body of water called Dildo Pond, named for its shape by the British garrison stationed in North America more than 300 years ago. In the colonial period, the word dildo evolved into doodle, British barracks slang for male genitalia. And to yank something meant exactly what it means now. Thus, to the British, a Yankee Doodle was one who yanked his doodle. A Yankee Doodle was a first-rate greenhorn—too thick and dim to realize the joke was on him. The Americans didn't recognize the English slang, and, to the astonishment of the British, instead made 'Yankee Doodle' their anthem. Then the Americans began calling themselves Yankees generally, and eventually [that became the name] of their greatest baseball team."

—from "The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad" by Robert Elias

Which means the New York Yankees should really be called the New York Jackoffs. As we suspected all along.


Posted at 07:26 AM on Wed. Apr 14, 2010 in category Baseball, Yankees Suck  
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wyldebill wrote:

Yankee doodling helps prevent prostate enlargement, and is a highly effective sleep aid.
Comment posted on Wed. Apr 14, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Reed wrote:

If I read between the lines, wyldebill, you're saying Yankee Doodle do or die.
Comment posted on Wed. Apr 14, 2010 at 01:26 PM

Uncle Vinny wrote:

I really want this to be true, but it sounds so improbable...
Comment posted on Thu. Apr 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Erik wrote:

Improbable? Vinny, have you SEEN the Yankees...?
Comment posted on Thu. Apr 15, 2010 at 12:23 PM

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