Flunky, is a genuine Yankee word.
It is only found in a Yankee dictionary, and is there defined by a periphrasis.
The great Webster
, who understood Yankeedom thoroughly, says: “A term of contempt for one who is mean and base-spirited; perhaps from the Scottish flunkie
, a livery servant.”
, another omnipotent Yankee authority, says: “A mean-spirited person, a servile follower — used contemptuously.”
The word could only have had its origin in a land where the thing itself had existence.
, flunky, is an unadulterated Yankee product.
Recent events go to prove that it is not merely the exclusive, but universal growth of that region.--Charleston Mercury