Where is Dixie?

eastlife

Member
Chinese/China
Hi I watched the 49th Grammy Awards yesterday on TV. Does Dixie refer to Texas? What is the origin of Dixie? I cannot find it in a dictionary.

Cheers,
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  • Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    Hi I watched the 49th Grammy Awards yesterday on TV. Does Dixie refer to Texas? What is the origin of Dixie? I cannot find it in a dictionary.

    Cheers,
    Bin
    From Dictionary.com:

    Also called Dixieland, Dixie Land. the southern states of the United States, esp. those that were formerly part of the Confederacy.
     

    jabogitlu

    Senior Member
    USA-English
    so how do you call people from the south? Dixier? I heard some words on TV series, but I am not sure.
    No, you call them Southerners, usually. Dixier wouldn't be understood, or at least I've never heard it.

    As a Southerner (Tennessee), for me Dixie generally refers to Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, parts of Coastal South Carolina and parts of Texas. Think 'antebellum.'
     

    sorcrit

    New Member
    english
    Technically the term dixie has nothing to do with the south. It is due to the fact of a farmer whose name was Mr. Dixy, he was a slave owner on manhatten island in new york. He was very kind to all the slaves and treated them well, so the slaves used to sing songs about wanting to go to dixie(while they were in the south). So this is how it got mistranslated.
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    That is one of several competing theories. No one knows for sure at this point. In addition to the 2 theories mentioned above, 10-dollar notes from Louisiania were printed with Dix (10 in French) on the back and called Dixies.
     
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