Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 10:59:39 -0500 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: Five & Dime / Dime store > P.S. The name was shortened to Woolworths in the 70's there was an article in _smithsonian_ magazine some time in 1994-5 about five-and-dimes that would help out in tracing origins. woolworth's, i think, was not the first one to refer to nickels and dimes in its name, so perhaps the regionality of "five and dime" vs. "five and 10" and whatever else might be determined by where which stores/chains were more prevalent and what they called themselves. lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA