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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 :(
(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`.
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`.
(or well at least pronounced that way)
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)