a Yankee dime

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Sat Jun 22 14:34:19 UTC 2002

Could this be a sarcastic invention based on the old "Not worth a
confederate [money unit]" and the older "Not worth a continental
[money unit]," although the latter has the money unit as optional?


>I grew up in the South (1950's) hearing my mother, a Mississippian, use this
>expression occasionally to mean that something was worth little or nothing,
>but I have since asked others from the region if they were familiar with it
>and been told no.

Dennis R. Preston
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