Dix notes & Dixie (a false etymology)

David Muschell dmuschel at MAIL.GCSU.EDU
Sun Aug 8 11:15:15 UTC 1999

Your use of "false" in the subject line has a definitive (as well as
pejorative) connotation, though the message seems to indicate there is
still room for doubt and, thus, further research.

At 09:56 PM 8/7/99 EDT, you wrote:
>   I ran "dix note" and "dix notes" and "dixies" through the Making of
>America database, Accessible Archives, Historical Newspapers Online, and I
>think one other database.  I added "note" so I wouldn't get ole General Dix.
>   There were no relevant hits.  Actually, I don't think there were ANY hits!
>   There is therefore, in my opinion, ZERO chance that "dixie" comes from dix
>(ten dollar) notes.
>    There is a minstrel named Dixey from Philadelphia to consider.  I thought
>I discussed him here before.  Maybe some other time I'll find my papers...
David Muschell
Box 44
Dept. of English, Speech, and Journalism
Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, GA  31061
dmuschel at mail.gcsu.edu

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