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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What Does It Mean To Be Redneck?

Australian PM calls Alabamians Redneck...

Guilty.


Trucks. Guns. Mud. Rebel flag. Ornery. Backwards. Conservative

These are only a few of the more benign things associated with the word "redneck".
Oftentimes when I tell folks that I am a redneck, I get associated with Larry the Cable Guy.
(not good!)
So to clear the air, lets look at the origin of the phrase.
The earliest appearance of the phrase was in the 1640s. It was applied to Scottish Covenanters who protested Anglican rule. Many of the men had signed the Solemn League and Covenant with their own blood. Some of them wore red scarves to signify their position openly.

So, according to the original usage, I'm actually more redneck than Larry the Cable Guy!
Who'd a' thunk?!

Today, it's most commonly used to identify blue collar rural southerners, who gain their red necks from working in the sun.
Also, it's sometimes more of an attitude to some folks. It's a commonly known fact that politicians loath the redneck devil-may-care dedication to conservative values.

As the Charlie Daniels song goes:
What this world needs is a few more rednecks
Some people ain't afraid to take a stand
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10 Comments:

Blogger Johnson said...

Love it. Thanks.

April 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger j said...

I'm proud to be a redneck!

April 30, 2010 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Ebenezer Forest Farm said...

I found this to be very interesting. We live way out in the North and some folks out here call themselves rednecks too. Interesting…

May 2, 2010 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

EFF:
It's funny you mention that, I readily admit that there are TONS of northern rednecks!
Just as being born and bred in the South doesn't necessarily mean a person is a Southern sympathizer, being from the North doesn't mean that individual is a yankee.

May 3, 2010 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Miller said...

You know what? I just realized that when I left that comment saying "I'm proud to be a redneck" Han was signed into google and so it says J said it but it was me.

May 4, 2010 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

That's ok, Jonathan... ;)

May 4, 2010 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger RM said...

"What this this world needs is a little more respect for the Lord, the Law, and the Workin man" as the rest goes .... :D

I think there is a very large distinction between a Redneck and plain White-trash. If you go anywhere in the deep South you will find that most of us use that distiction between us and Larry the Cable guy.

RG

May 30, 2010 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Catching up on my blogroll after a long absence, but really enjoyed this post! I've always been fascinated by the origins of catchphrases and nicknames, and I'm delighted to hear that "redneck" had such worthy beginnings!

May 30, 2010 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

RG:
The problem is that alot of folks put white trash and rednecks in the same category.
Country music is so awesome!

Daniel:
Yes indeed! Glad you found it interesting.

May 31, 2010 at 2:10 PM  
OpenID overmtsacrossseas said...

redneck= mud, guns, tackyness, cheap, efficiant, slang, rough,conservative, hunting,trucks, ducktape, zipties,
=)

June 30, 2010 at 1:11 PM  

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