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redneck American English Offensive

Meaning: a lower-class white person from a rural background

For example:

  • We were driving through Alabama when we saw some rednecks riding in the back of a pick-up truck drinking whiskey from a bottle.

  • If it wasn't for the redneck vote, the Republicans wouldn't have won the election.

Origin: Originally referred to working-class white people from the southeastern states of the USA. These people often worked outside as farmers or labourers, and they'd often have red necks as a result of sunburn.

Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

A redneck is someone who is probably from
  1. a poor, rural family
  2. a small, sunburned family
  3. a rich, big-city family

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