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Posted By: katlaughing
07-Sep-06 - 08:04 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Black Irish: Etymological Consensus?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Black Irish: Etymological Consensus?
According to History Detectives on PBS, "rednecks" originally referred to the Scots who fled to Northern Ireland when their land was taken from them. They apparently wore red scarves in a show of solidarity. They were also called "hillbillys" because of their loyalty to King William, according to the same experts.