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Old November 15th, 2012, 12:44 PM   #1

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Can some one please explain what this term means please?
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Old November 15th, 2012, 01:01 PM   #2
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i think there like trouble makers or something

urban dictionary:

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1. A group of people that are generally from the south, though can be found throughout the US (upstate New York has an incredible amount of rednecks) That are generally uncivilized**, uneducated**, rascist**, enjoys the outdoor* sports (ie. hunting or fishing), enjoys country music*, knows how to work on a farm*, can fix their own vehicles*, laid back*, and knows how to make moonshine*
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Can some one please explain what this term means please?
One would have thought it pretty obvious.
Most well known useage is for a certain American sub-culture centred on the Southern States that suggests bigotry, backwardness and unsophistication--a hillbilly-- a hick. It's origins are that in the days of slavery, poor white farmers would work their own fields and thus develop well-sunburned necks, displaying their low social status.
The same cause provided the term "Redleg" for the white slaves and transported convicts in the Caribbean who, wearing knee-length britches would acquire sunburned calves. The name Releg stuck to poor whites and indicates the lowest of social station.
In Southern Africa "Rooinek"--literally Redneck, was applied by Afrikaaners to, principally British settlers; in this case it derived from British soldiers who, in the early days did not have the appropriate headgear, soon acquired a nice, sore,bright-red neck in the African sun,but the social connotation was the opposite of that in the US.

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Old November 15th, 2012, 01:07 PM   #4

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And here's the other side of the story. If they like you and trust you, those "rednecks" would give you the shirt off of their back. They are loyal to their friends to a fault.
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And here's the other side of the story. If they like you and trust you, those "rednecks" would give you the shirt off of their back. They are loyal to their friends to a fault.
But, if you "ain't from around here," they won't like or trust you.
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Another historical source for the word comes from almost a century ago. Unionized miners were called rednecks because of red bandanas that they wore. At this point the word did not refer to white people only.

Today the word has evolved into a complicated word in someways. Southerners like me do not consider ourselves rednecks unless someone from another region is insulting Southerners as being rednecks. Liberals use the word to mean all sorts of nasty things, like racist, stupid and poor. It doesn't matter that they are usually wrong on all three counts, they just don't like people who do not drink the same liberal cool aid as themselves.
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But, if you "ain't from around here," they won't like or trust you.
Until they get to know you.
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Old November 15th, 2012, 02:29 PM   #8
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Farm workers got a red neck from working out in the sun. Red necks is usually synonymous with hillbilly. My grandfather was a hillbilly. He had a doctorate in theology and was the smartest person I have known.
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Can some one please explain what this term means please?
You must be watching to much westerns one the telly, next you will be asking what does carpet baggers and yellow bellies mean.
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Old November 15th, 2012, 02:45 PM   #10

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You must be watching to much westerns one the telly, next you will be asking what does carpet baggers and yellow bellies mean.
Could have been worse Crystal as olly could have asked what is a blue nose?
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