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Paul G, I noted you changed the "External Links" header to "See Also." I used the Entry_layout_explained page to decide that this was an external_link rather than a see_also. Before I make any more such mistakes I would like some direction:

As the page title is "Yanks" and the w: is "Yankee," please tell me how you arrived at that decision (small one that it may be :-)) --HiFlyer 19:57, 20 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Could we add some usage labels to distinguish UK and US usage? In the UK, "Yank" almost always means "American"/"inhabitant of the US". In the US, I think, it usually means a New Englander? -Richard 20:50, 20 Jan 2005 (UTC)

I think the current secondary definition is misleading. The term is certainly also used in Tasmania, probably all of Australia, and isn't restricted to refering to Americans abroad; rather, it is used when casually refering to an American (or Americans in general, 'Yanks') with a note of distaste or disapproval.

Richard, perhaps it could be as easy as just adding that directly into the text, as I did on this word. Hopefully this isn't so easy that it will be the wrong answer ;-) --HiFlyer 20:53, 21 Jan 2005 (UTC)

US usage[edit]

I have almost never heard the short form yank used by an American, unless they are imitating non-US usage. As far as my life experience has shown me it's always yankee in the US, and 9 times out of 10 the term is restricted to the southern US. (If I went to certain southern cities I would most certainly be called a yankee but other than that I am not likely to hear the word at all, unless somebody is talking about a baseball game which is of course totally different) –Andyluciano 19:46, 4 November 2006 (UTC)


This term was just used in "Underage Peter", the 21 Feb 2016 episode of Family Guy. It is a portmanteau whose etymology is derived from yank and blanket, and it refers to a blanket used to conceal or facilitate masturbation.

How popular does a term like this have to get before deserving an article? 03:43, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

It needs to be used by at least three different sources over a period of at least a year. It sounds like the Family Guy episode would count as one of those sources. For more information, see Wiktionary:Criteria for inclusion. —Mr. Granger (talkcontribs) 03:52, 22 February 2016 (UTC)