Date: Tue, 18 Oct 1994 14:19:58 EDT
From: Michael Montgomery N270053[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UNIVSCVM.CSD.SCAROLINA.EDU
Subject: Offending idiom?
Natalie Maynor's mention of "Yankee" reminds me of something. The
following idiom would be ironic and, perhaps, offensive to some:
"Let me give you a Yankee dime."
"If you do this for me, I'll give you a Yankee dime."
The folks at DARE can doubtless inform us of the regional spread of
this, but it's a well-known phrase, among old-timers at least, in the
South. A "Yankee dime" is a kiss, and not necessarily a cheap one!
Perhaps DARE can speculate on its origin as well?
Michael Montgomery, Dept of English, U of South Carolina, Columbia SC 29208