Is "pardon" a yankee word?

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gambheyhey

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Chinese
“Pardon,” says Kate, rising abruptly and leaving. The little Yankee word serves her well: she leaves in disguise. A water pipe sings and stops with a knock.

This is an excerpt from the 1950s American novel The Moviegoer by Walker Percy. The whole plot takes place in New Orleans and Kate comes from a very traditional Southern family. Sorry that I can't put more context here. But you may find more context here:

http://www.epubsbook.com/2015/4446_10.html
 
  • Jason_2_toi

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    English-Scotland
    That's what the author is telling us (that the use of pardon, meaning pardon me, and not excuse me, is Yankee.. New Orleans, LA is in the Southern states while Yankee means the North.
    Pardon per se is a perfectly everyday English word.
     

    Hermione Golightly

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    British English
    It would be interesting to know what and who she's leaving, 'disguising' herself as a northerner.
    My brother was a physician in Tennessee. One day a patient came in to see him shortly after his arrival in the USA. As soon as he heard my brother speak with his as yet unmodified English accent, the patient stood up, shouted "Damn Yankee!" and stormed out.
     
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