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Redneck Ingenuity


picture of redneck group

What is a redneck? Comedian Jeff Foxworthy defines a "redneck" as someone with "a glorious lack of sophistication," stating "that we are all guilty of [it] at one time or another." I would say from my life's experiences that there are probably quite a few of us who are rednecks with an extremely thin veneer of culture or refinement.

I read several different ideas of where the term "redneck" originated, but it was first applied to poor or working class white people from Appalachia, then later to people in that group in the whole southern part of the United States. Eventually the usage has widened to refer to people as rednecks throughout the United States and Canada. I found that the term "bogan" is used in Australia and New Zealand, and I learned in France that the French frequently use the term "paysan" (peasant). Can any of you from other countries tell us your term for rednecks?

It seems to me that at least one aspect of redneckery is being a packrat – if you throw something away, you will immediately need it and wish you had held on to it. Most rednecks are probably just making do and getting by with what they have – something everyone may all end up having to do if our economy continues to decline. Many of the abundant redneck jokes poke fun at old cars in the yard, old appliances on the porch, etc. Snobs might not prefer to think of it this way, but could rednecks just be practicing a different form of the modern virtue of recycling?

My wife and I enjoy watching the Red Green Show, Saturday evenings on PBS. Red and his friends could easily be among those Canadian rednecks. Their inventive use of unlikely objects that had been packratted away along with their heavy use of duct tape shows great redneck ingenuity. Here's a picture from the show's website:

picture of Red Green

The use of large quantities of duct tape by Red Green and the others in the Possum Lodge is a practice is not restricted to just Canadian rednecks.

Here's a redneck moving van in the USA.

picture of redneck moving van

Here's a rear view of that "moving van" heading down the highway.

picture of redneck moving van

This past week someone sent me the following comic strip along this theme.

picture of redneck mummy

A redneck snowplow....

picture of redneck snowplow

Some redneck body work...

picture of redneck body work

A redneck doghouse...

picture of redneck doghouse

A redneck mailbox...

picture of redneck mailbox

Some redneck planters (American Standard?)...

picture of redneck flower planters

A redneck fire alarm...

picture of redneck fire alarm

Rednecks do other amazing things with food as well. Here's some redneck seafood....

picture of redneck seafood

And the "pièce de résistance" – a redneck wedding cake...

picture of redneck wedding cake

I'll post more redneck pictures in the future.

quotation...

"Every time you change something, something has to change." - Becka Loach

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Rob

Q: What's the most popular redneck pick up line?
A: Hey, nice tooth!


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