Monday, April 29, 2013
Y is for Yokel
And I really can't with this one. Mostly.
You see way back when I taught, there was a teacher I worked with who would call the kids yokels. I always felt uncomfortable with it. Not because the person said it but because they said it to the students. Now, I'm fairly certain that the kids didn't know the exact meaning, but an insult is an insult and they understood that.
I've also heard it refer to locals in a college town, like the one I grew up in and the one I live in now, but there the term was a local yokel.
Although I'm certain that yokel has a place in our vocabulary it is probably the most insulty of the slang words I've picked out and as much as I am a fan for bringing back out of date words, this is one I think I'll pass on.
Yokel is a noun from the early 1800s which means a clumsy, unsophisticated person from the country.
Example: When Luke landed on Degobah, he thought Yoda was a yokel at first.