Word Myths Updates

Word Myths: Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends was published in 2004. Since then, there have been a number of advances in scholarship regarding the myths and terms detailed in that book. This page is your guide to the latest information and research since that book’s publication.

Further evidence supporting or refuting the conclusions of the book have been found for:

  • Dixie: Solid evidence of the pre-war existence of the New York children’s game called Dixie’s Land has been found. The game definitely antedates the Civil War and Emmett’s song.

Earlier citations of use have been found for:

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