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6 years 36 weeks ago, 4:14 AM

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redneck

can someone explain to me what a redneck is and where the term came from?

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6 years 36 weeks ago, 8:46 AM

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Rayzor,
the term redneck came from a description of farmers. These farmers wore long sleeve shirts and pants. The only area that was not covered up was their neck. When working the ground, you have your head in a downward position. Hence the neck received sun exposure and burned, turning it red.

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6 years 36 weeks ago, 10:40 AM

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yup

its true im a redneck. plus rigin' stuff to do somthing there not ment to do is called redneck riggin' for example a washing machien tub used as a place to burn trash instead of washing cloths.

6 years 36 weeks ago, 10:46 AM

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Snake

dont besmearch the fine name of redneck,listen here son,when it comes to redneck you aint got a pot to piss in.Virginia does not a redneck make!redneck is political views and lifestyle and pickup trucks all wrapped in one and throw in some moonshine and hound dogs.

6 years 36 weeks ago, 10:55 AM

Anonymous

I am a redneck dude

I AM FROM FT.WORTH TX

6 years 36 weeks ago, 11:01 AM

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texas

all you texans think i's from texas i am a redneck,not necessarily.you are just from a place the mexicans want back.an uneducated yokel would be what we call a hillbilly,or in your case ,snake i would consider you a hick,cause you come from the land of the tombstone for a dead dick.(belt buckle)and them goofy pointed toe shit kickers ya'all like to wear.

6 years 36 weeks ago, 11:33 AM

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I cant stand rednecks ;) Just thought I'd let y'all know that

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6 years 36 weeks ago, 11:51 AM

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i cant stand

marines so i guess were even!just thought i'd let you all know that

6 years 36 weeks ago, 11:51 AM

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I'm from texas

I'm from texas and my dad is a redneck, he grew up on a ranch in Pampa, TX. They raised cattle there. I on the OTHER hand am not a redneck. I have some slight redneck tendencies, but I am not a redneck. Though a point is that apparently rednecks do get upset like greasypaws did when it comes to taking the redneck title. I see it all the time. I am confused by it but never-the-less it happens.

6 years 36 weeks ago, 11:57 AM

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upset?

no not upset but i see people use the title that really dont get it or arent using the term correctly.for some of us it is a term of endearment.and something to be proud of.as much as for some to proud of military service or to proud to be from texas.

6 years 36 weeks ago, 3:49 PM

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red neck

thanks guys I think I got the drift so really it is someone who is a hard worker and pretty self sufficient doesn't like dole bludgers (welfare recepients) not racist but with strong political views.

hey greasy

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6 years 36 weeks ago, 5:41 PM

Anonymous

that is the idea

of a redneck i feel is right.it sums me up pretty well,you forgot the gun toting part though

6 years 36 weeks ago, 8:06 PM

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Red neck woman

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6 years 36 weeks ago, 12:07 AM

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Redneck refers to a stereotype of usually rural, Caucasian (i.e. white) people of lower socio-economic status in the United States and Canada. Originally limited to the Appalachians, and later the South, the Ozarks, the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, this stereotype is now widespread throughout North America. Southern comedian Jeff Foxworthy defines "redneck" as "a glorious lack of sophistication," stating "that we are all guilty of [it] at one time or another."

The National Covenant and The Solemn League and Covenant (a.k.a. Covenanters) signed documents stating that Scotland desired a Presbyterian Church government, and rejected the Church of England as their official church (no Anglican congregation was ever accepted as the official church in Scotland). In doing so, the Covenanters rejected episcopacy — rule by bishops — the preferred form of church government in England. Many of the Covenanters signed these documents using their own blood, and many in the movement began wearing red pieces of cloth around their neck to signify their position to the public. They were referred to as rednecks.[1] Large numbers of these Scottish Presbyterians migrated from their lowland Scottish home to Ulster (the northern province of Ireland) and soon settled in considerable numbers in North America throughout the 18th century. Some emigrated directly from Scotland to the American colonies in the late 18th and early 19th-centuries as a result of the Lowland Clearances. This etymological theory holds that since many Scots-Irish Americans and Scottish Americans who settled in Appalachia and the South were Presbyterian, the term was bestowed upon them and their descendants.

[edit] Possible American etymologies
Another possible source of the term redneck comes from The West Virginia Coal Miners March or the Battle of Blair Mountain when coal miners wore red bandanas around their necks to identify themselves as seeking the opportunity to unionize. Another popular but unlikely[citation needed] etymology says that the term derives from such individuals having a red neck caused by working outdoors in the sunlight over the course of their lifetime. The effect of decades of direct sunlight on the exposed skin of the back of the neck not only reddens fair skin, but renders it leathery and tough, and typically very wrinkled and spotted by late middle age. Similarly, some historians claim that the term redneck originated in 17th century Virginia, because fair-skinned unfree labourers were sunburnt while tending plantation crops.

Another popular etymology is that the term was originally used by African Americans as a pejorative for white people in general, in the same manner that peckerwood and ofay were coined by blacks.

It is clear that by the post-Reconstruction era (after the departure of Federal troops from the American South in 1874-1878), the term had worked its way into popular usage. Several blackface minstrel shows used the word in a derogatory manner, comparing slave life over that of the poor rural whites. This may have much to do with the social, political and economic struggle between Populists, the Redeemers and Republican Carpetbaggers of the post-Civil War South and Appalachia, where the new middle class of the South (professionals, bankers, industrialists) displaced the pre-war planter class as the leaders of the Southern states. The Populist movement, with its message of economic equality, represented a threat to the status quo. The use of a derogative term, such as redneck to belittle the working class, would have assisted in the gradual disenfranchisement of most of the Southern lower class, both black and white, which occurred by 1910.

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6 years 36 weeks ago, 2:52 PM

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Thanks for the lesson Pkato,
I had no idea the term went that far back. What is your reference? I am curious about the whole migration to escape religious persecution.

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6 years 36 weeks ago, 3:28 PM

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I'm guessing Wikipedia, by the [1] that i see...am I right?

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