American "Rednecks" (2)


By the 1960s, the word had taken on a negative meaning, and referred to a rural white person, conservative and opposed to modern ways, and probably racist.

Rednecks are also thought to be not well educated and sloppy in their living style.

The stereotype of a redneck nowadays is someone who: lives in poor or lower-class conditions, likes guns, religion and beer and fatty foods, lives in the southern part of America, is overweight and under-educated, and votes conservative politically.

A man or a woman can be a redneck, and there are even redneck children.

The stereotype is also that they live in mobile homes(trailers), drive pickup trucks and have been married several times !   

In the 1980s, the word "redneck" started to be claimed by rednecks as a more positive label.  Comedian Jeff Foxworthy became famous for his "You might be a redneck if ..." jokes, and it began being used as "low-class and proud of it" theme in country music...

And so today, the word has become a mix of positive and negative images...                          (G.K)

英会話表現&英単語 その155
By the 1960s                  1960年代になると
take on a negative meaning    否定的な意味合いを帯びる
rural                         田舎に住む
conservative                  保守的な
opposed to 〜         〜に反対する
racist                        人種差別主義者
sloppy                        だらしのない、ずさんな
under-educated                無教育な
fatty foods                   油っぽい食べ物

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