Why the Yankees are Called the Yankees [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 7 years ago in Sports

Ahhh, it all makes sense now...
There are 38 comments:
Female 90
we call that hooked on phonix..and thasts how kids learned to read...hip-hip hop- hip hop anonomous
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Male 144
I was watching the game and I wondered who else saw that. Damn Yankees.
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Male 703
oh yeah jeter...lemme get at that
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Male 111
`Yoeri I think your theory is wrong. Well Kees isn`t even pronounced like "keys" it`s more like "case", so why would it become yankees?`

O_O. You dont say potatoe as potarto, regardless of the catchy song T-T

British say pronounce it yankees, so, theres your words smushed into a mucky beverage :(

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Male 255
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Male 588
emily1991, probably because the english speakers are notorious for prouncing foreign words the way they think they "should" be pronounced rather than trying to pronounce them the proper way?
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Female 77
Yoeri I think your theory is wrong. Well Kees isn`t even pronounced like "keys" it`s more like "case", so why would it become yankees?
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Male 126
idk y they have to do that
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Male 376
It is drived from two very very common dutch names back in the day. Jan & Kees, when the english would talk about the dutch settelement on Manna Hatta, they would say, all those Jans and Kees` up there, over time it became yankee.
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Male 612
who didnt see jeter and a-rod were gay?
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Male 255
Actually, he is pulling on his pants to get a boost up to the stairs, i saw the .gif
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Male 467
So.. The yanks are gay, we knew that. Get me somethign new!
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Male 29
Kate Hudson is so jealous right now
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Female 5,222
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Male 480
it`s supposed to be a quick slap coach, not grab a handful. But still...it`s jeter. Who wouldnt?
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Male 90
Thats slapping his butt
Now if he were yanking his d*ck
Then I could see the Yankee connection
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Female 237
Oriental dude is like..... "get your hands off MY booty biatch!" xD
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Male 1,452
sorry murry ,i was just uh.. checking for butt cheek cancer, yeah thats it
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Female 512
uhm its derek jeter, who wouldnt slap his ass.
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Female 31
wow...
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Male 25,416
just dont want him 2 fall back isnt that y he is holding him
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Male 150
Exactly what I expected.

//not sarcastic

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Female 1,395
wow, looks like he`s been storing that up all day.
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Female 931
Americans ftl.
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Male 12,365
Alternatively...John Bull was a character representing England in some popular political satires. `Janke` could have been a diminuitive Dutch form of `John`, which could have been used by Dutch settlers to insult English settlers. Somewhat like calling USA people `Sammy` as a diminuitive form of {uncle) Sam.
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Male 12,365
"i thought it was threw dutch settlement..
the blokes were named Yan
the females were named Kee

(or well at least pronounced that way)"

Probably Dutch, yes, but how likely is it that all the men in the settlement had the same name and all the women had the same name?

`Jan Kees`, was a derisive way to refer to Dutch people, back in the day. People took some negative stereotypes of Dutch people and attached a fairly silly name to them (it would be `John Cheese` in English) to use as an insult. It would be roughly like making an exagerrated character of a slow-witted white trash redneck bigot, calling it something like Billy-Bob and then calling people from the USA `Billibobs`.

It seems that Dutch and English colonists took to using it to insult each other and it stuck. `j` in most European languages is pronounced much like `y` in English, hence `yankees`.

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Male 12,365
"As far as homoerotic touching, that is why sports were invented, so that men had a valid excuse for touching each other in a homophobic society."

Sports date back at least as far as the beginning of recorded history and probably long before, so I think that your hypothesis based on recent history is unlikely to be true.

For a much clearer connection between sports and homosex, try ancient Greece. Where sport between men was almost always done in the nude. `Gymnasium` comes very clearly from a Greek word meaning `to train in the nude`.

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Female 2,672
some american guy did tht to me the other day...whats up with u guys?
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Male 7,834
what is going on here? i heard of a pat on the ass, but thats ridiculous.
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Male 740
Yes, it was Dutch, but not Yan and Kee...it was named after John Cheese, whose name, when said in Dutch, sounds like "Yan kees"
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Male 1,485
ha ha, fags
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Male 976
Ha ha! Matsui`s looking at it like "whatev".
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Male 562
Hmm, thats hot!
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Female 9,572
My dad`s a Yankee fan and I`m a Cubs fan, figar that one out.
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Male 592
owned by gaydom
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Male 1,704
i thought it was threw dutch settlement..
the blokes were named Yan
the females were named Kee

(or well at least pronounced that way)

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Male 1,190
The Story of Baseball is a story of the Yankees, deal with it, they are the best team in baseball and the best team ever in any sport!

As far as homoerotic touching, that is why sports were invented, so that men had a valid excuse for touching each other in a homophobic society.
There is a reason you will find more gay/bisexual men in gyms, sports and the military than the general populace. Gay men are attracted to men and enjoy doing manly things with men.
The Spartans knew this and created an entire military society based around gay relationships. (Yes junior, all those guys in 300 were gay, the actors and the RL spartans, deal with it)

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Male 20,920
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