James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Sat Dec 24 15:39:55 UTC 2005

Or, it coud be that their physical appearance somehoh
reminded teh observer of a grasshopper, just as oil
pumps are called grasshoppers because of their

--- George Thompson <george.thompson at NYU.EDU> wrote:

> Here is a sense of "grass-hopper" not in OED:
> The New-York Riflemen, we understand, are to shoot
> for their honorary
> Prize Medal on Thursday Evening, at Tyler’s, on the
> Greenwich Road.
> ***  We have heard it suggested, that two light
> field six-pounders, or
> grass-hoppers of the State Artillery, are to be
> attached to the
> Riflemen. . . .  Prisoner of Hope, June 18, 1800, p.
> 2, col. 2
> The sense, I suppose, is that the gun sends a shot
> skimming low to the
> ground, or bouncing along the ground?
> George A. Thompson
> Author of A Documentary History of "The African
> Theatre", Northwestern
> Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

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