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Etymology Word of the Week

As some of you know, in addition to being the Director of Admissions, Pat O'Rourke '90 also teaches Latin at Saint Ignatius and is a self-proclaimed "word nerd." Here is his latest Etymology Word of the Week.
Dixie - "another name for the Southern United States, especially those that belonged to the Confederacy.”  There are two popular theories on the origin of this word.  One holds that it comes from the Mason-Dixon line, which symbolically separated the North from the South in many people’s minds.  The other theory, which I learned this year during an Easter vacation trip to beautiful New Orleans, is that it comes from the French/Creole word Dix (meaning “ten”), which was printed on the $10 bills (nicknamed “Dixies”) that were issued by the Bank of Louisiana before the Civil War.  (All information is from www.wikipedia.org, www.etymonline.com and/or www.dictionary.com).

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – Dixiecrat

Sample sentence – "Bugs Bunny would usually represent the Blue and Yosemite Sam the Gray in the Looney Tunes cartoons that were set in the land of Dixie." 

GUESS THE APHORISM:  A rising tide... (scroll for answer)
 











































Answer: ...lifts all boats.