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    Is "southern bell" used nowadays to talk about a woman from the southern states?

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    Wouldn't it be belle? I've seen that term, but not bell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Wouldn't it be belle? I've seen that term, but not bell.
    I might be wrong but "bell" refers to a bell-shaped dresse they used to wear there.

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    Default Re: southern bell

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Is "southern bell" used nowadays to talk about a woman from the southern states?
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    (1) I checked my dictionary:

    belle comes from French, which took it from Latin, meaning

    "beautiful."

    (2) Originally, "southern belle" referred to the young upper-class

    ladies of the South before our Civil War.

    (3) I do not think that it is used nowadays by most Americans.

    I most respectfully suggest that you not use it, for that term

    may have racial overtones that can be very offensive to some

    people.

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