On Southern belle(s)
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A southern belle (derived from the French belle, ‘beautiful’) is an archetype for a young woman of the American Old South’s antebellum upper class. During the period, Kentuckian Sallie Ward of Louisville was the most noted belle in the South, and her portrait, which hangs in the Speed Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, is often called “The Southern Belle.”
A Southern Belle epitomized southern hospitality, cultivation of beauty and a flirtatious yet chaste demeanor. The stereotype continues to have a powerful aspirational draw for many people. Today, they are associated with sweetness, hospitality, and cleverness. A southern belle will usually have a southern accent (the thicker the better).
On Wooden Nickels … Don’t take any…
…A second source says, the expression means: “Don’t let yourself be cheated or ripped off. Originated in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s. Money that has no real value is sometimes called ‘wooden’.Probably stories about wooden nutmegs, wooden hams, and wooden pumpkin seeds contributed to the later use of the phrase ‘wooden nickels’ in American or even to the use of ‘wooden rubles’ in Russia.” From “Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings” by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).
Do wooden nickels & Southern Belles represent the same concept? If so, what is it?
Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” is a song written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin for the 1937 film Shall We Dance where it was introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as part of a celebrated dance duet on roller skates. The song is most famous for its “you say tomayto and I like tomahto” and other verses comparing their different regional dialects.
The charade in this case… what’s in need of being called off…. is the pretentiousness that it’s not understood that wooden nickels & southern belles do represent the same concept:
Roget’s New Millennium™ Thesaurus – Cite This Source –
Main Entry: fake
Part of Speech: adjective
Synonyms: affected, artificial, assumed, bogus, concocted, counterfeit, fabricated, false, fictitious, forged, fraudulent, invented, make-believe, mock, phony, pretended, pseudo*, reproduction, sham*, simulated, spurious
Antonyms: authentic, bona fide, genuine, original, real
Notes: a fake is a work of art that is deliberately made or altered to appear better, older, or other than what it is; a forgery is a fraudulent imitation of another thing that already exists
Source: Roget’s New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.3.1)
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* = informal or slang