"Flivver" in OED

Sam Clements sclements at NEO.RR.COM
Sun Jun 8 16:08:32 UTC 2003

Since "tin can" for a destroyer is only cited in RHDAS from 1939, and "tin
Lizzie" is cited as early as 1915 in Mathews, I'd bet against there being a
connection.  I'd speculate on the "can" and "tincan" meaning of depth
charges, cited from WWI.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Wilton" <dave at wilton.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2003 10:30 AM
Subject: Re: "Flivver" in OED

> Further speculation: Any connection between the car and destroyer senses
> "flivver" and "tin Lizzie" and "tin can"?

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