This Mysteries of Vernacular: Yankee video also includes:
An American? Someone from New England? Anyone who lives north of the Mason-Dixon line? A New York baseball player? A dandy? A short video doodles around with the etymology of all an American word and how its meaning has evolved from 1601 to the present, from the Dutch work Janke to a pejorative term for all Americans in 1758, from to a label of national honor during and after the Revolutionary War in 1783, to a mocking reference to Union soldiers during the Civil War. Create your own list of words and set young etymologists off on their own voyage of discovery.
- A great way to introduce the concept of the fluid nature of language
- The humorous tone and clever animation will engage viewers
- Opportunity to flip the video: create your own multiple choice and/or open answer questions to check for understanding, add additional resources, or create a discussion question for an online open forum (requires free online registration)