Today’s Word: Yankee Dime

Well, I was thumbing through one of my favorite dictionaries just now, the Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English, when I came across the lovely expressions “Yankee nickel” and “Yankee dime,” defined therein as, “A kiss, usu given to a child in return for a small favor such as doing a household chore.” The earliest citation given is from 1984.

I got all excited about this, and started cruising the web looking for more — only to discover that Grant’s already written about it (and with a citation going back to 1846, along with a mention of “Dutch Quarters” and “Quaker nickels”). Waykewl.

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