Origin of American Slang words

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    Origin of American Slang words

    Just finished watching a series of programs on the History Channel about the origin of American "slang".

    Interesting and sometimes funny stuff.

    My favorites were slang from WWII and Southern slang.

    Being from Georgia I was really surprised to find out the root of "redneck" and "ya'll".
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    Cool

    I recently watched some documentaries on early railroads back east to include mining and dam building (The TVA) and udder stuff. Turns out REDNECK came about cuz guys who wanted (I think...don't beat me up too bad here...remember, I drink adult beverages) to join a union and wanted to show solidarity with their fellows so ALL wore Red bandana's.... Oh and by the way this was all happenin' down South Carolina way!!!!!

    I never knew that and thought that it was pretty cool. Plus it makes me feel like I got a bit more ammo against the politically correct crowd and liberal buffoons in general.

    I consider myself a mellow Redneck!!!
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    [QUOTE=NONAME762;2820066]I recently watched some documentaries on early railroads back east to include mining and dam building (The TVA) and udder stuff. Turns out REDNECK came about cuz guys who wanted (I think...don't beat me up too bad here...remember, I drink adult beverages) to join a union and wanted to show solidarity with their fellows so ALL wore Red bandana's.... Oh and by the way this was all happenin' down South Carolina way!!!!!

    I never knew that and thought that it was pretty cool. Plus it makes me feel like I got a bit more ammo against the politically correct crowd and liberal buffoons in general.

    Actually the way they traced it back on the History Channel was to some Scotch Irish involved in some type of rebellion in Ireland and they wore red bandanas around the necks to identify themselves. When those same Scotch Irish were run out of Ireland they came to southern Applachia and the South generally and still wore their red bandanas.They were primarily Scotch Irish Presbyterians.

    So your comment about wearing red bandanas to show solidarity among union members was pretty close. Of course in modern society it the "Bloods" that use red bandanas as a form of gang identification. Wonder if they know that it originally started with "rednecks"? I bet not

    Also HillBilly came from a similar background. Scotch (again) I believe who supported King William (Billy) and lived in the hill country of Ireland or maybe Scotland and were called Hill Billy Boys shortened to Hillbilly. Kept the name when they came to America and settled in
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    Funny I saw something on history or some such channel where Redneck came from. It was saying that it was from a dispute of some sort in cole mines of I think WV area, not sure on location. There was an armed battle, the Rednecks had red bandanas so they could tell who they were. The rednecks did a lot of dyeing that day, as the mining companies had belt fed machine guns.
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    Just curious... does y'all say soda, pop, or cocola?
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    It's "pop" on the western side of Missouri. But in St. Louis, they say "soda".
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    Is 911 slang for 1911 ?

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    For some reason I say soda, but in Georgia and in much of the South, almost any carbonated drink is called a "coke". Weird!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hodad View Post
    For some reason I say soda, but in Georgia and in much of the South, almost any carbonated drink is called a "coke". Weird!!
    Isn't the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inspector71 View Post
    Isn't the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta?
    Yep ya'll it is!! Although I can't remember the last time I had a Coca-Cola. I think I OD'ed on the stuff when I was a kid.

    I guess it is like Band-Aid which is a brand name for an adhesive bandage, but a majority of people just say Band-Aid.

    I think they call it Marketing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hodad View Post
    For some reason I say soda, but in Georgia and in much of the South, almost any carbonated drink is called a "coke". Weird!!
    Having grown up in NC and living many years in GA, I find that not true. When they say Coke, they mean Coke, not Pepsi. I say soda, not pop, although I have heard soda pop often. I guess they're fence sitters.
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    "Soda" for me, but "pop" is fairly common around here as well.

    Among my friends and family, "Coke" is a brand, and "cola" is a Super Troopers reference.

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    I call it soda now but when I was growing up in Northern NY we called them "soft drinks".
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    In my area of PA we call it soft drink, but I've heard it called soda in other parts of the state. Did y'all know the name Cracker originated in Florida because the catlemen used whips to herd them years ago.

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