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Q Why is America's deep south known as Dixie? E Caplan Nuneaton, Warks A While visiting the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, an information noticeboard spelled out the only answer I have ever found to this common query.

The southern states of America were once French territory and French words would have been in common use. The French words for five and ten - cinq and dix - were used on state-issued bank notes. As America unified and the use of English prevailed, ten replaced dix but for some reason Dixie and Dixieland stuck and is used as a common colloquialism for the former French territory. Terence McCauley South London Can you answer this? Q What happened to Lawrence Douglas, who starred with Michael Caine in Kidnapped? Jenny Cleaver Barwell, Leics

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:1U6TN
Date:May 21, 2014
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