[Ads-l] "paddy wagon" antedated

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 13 02:33:15 UTC 2015


Here are some complementary matches for "Paddy's wheelbarrow". The
1874 text is odd. Perhaps circa 1874 there was an anecdote circulating
that involved a ghost?

Year: 1874
Title: Minutes of the Wisconsin Annual Conference of the Methodist
Episcopal Church
Conference location: Held at Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Conference date: October 7 to 15, 1874
Publisher: Methodist Episcopal Church, Wisconsin Conference
Printer: Statesman Book and Job Printing Office, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Section: Advertising
Description: Advertisement from Wolcott & Gregg, Milwaukee
Quote Page 52

https://books.google.com/books?id=jVzUAAAAMAAJ&q=ghosts#v=snippet&

[Begin excerept]
Not only a nice carriage, fit for a smooth road; but, like Paddy's
wheelbarrow, not afraid of ghosts.
[End excerpt]


Year: 1906 November 1
Title: Gleanings in Bee Culture
Volume 34
Publisher: A. I. Root Company, Medina, Ohio
Article: Concrete Bee-Cellars
Author: E. R. Root
Start Page 1363, Quote Page 1367

https://books.google.com/books?id=pw82AQAAMAAJ&q=Paddy%27s#v=snippet&

[Begin excerpt]
On a large job, dump the wet concrete into a Paddy's wheelbarrow, and
then pour it in the form as shown in the illustrations. On a small job
like a bee-cellar, mix the concrete in the cellar itself . . .
[End excerpt]

Garson


On Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 7:35 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:
> ---------------------- Information from the mail header -----------------------
> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Poster:       Stephen Goranson <goranson at DUKE.EDU>
> Subject:      Re: "paddy wagon" antedated
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> 1850 (c.1849) Ralph Waldo Emerson, Representative Men: Seven Lectures. Uses=
>  of Great Men. Page 35:
> 'Generous and handsome,' he says, 'is your hero; but look at yonder poor Pa=
> ddy, whose country is his wheelbarrow;...."
>
> ________________________________________
> From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Jonath=
> an Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> Sent: Thursday, April 9, 2015 7:13 AM
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: [ADS-L] "paddy wagon" antedated
>
> Fascinating.
>
> I have seen 19th C. cartoons that depict victims of a donnybrook being
> hauled away semiconscious in a wheelbarrow. Hence "paddy wagon."
>
> Since 19th C. police in Boston and NY were also stereotypically Irish....
>
> My grandparents (b. NYC in the 1880s) used the word exclusively in the
> modern (er, I mean "more recent") sense.
>
>
> JL
>
> On Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 6:20 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:
>
>> ---------------------- Information from the mail header
>> -----------------------
>> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>> Poster:       Stephen Goranson <goranson at DUKE.EDU>
>> Subject:      "paddy wagon" antedated
>>
>> -------------------------------------------------------------------------=
> ------
>>
>> Though "paddy wagon" came to be associated with police vehicles, some
>> early=3D
>>  uses associate it with wheelbarrows. OED (via Sam Clements) has 1909 for
>> "=3D
>> paddy wagon."
>> Two newspapers via
>> http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/pages/
>> involve election bets where the loser must ride in a wheelbarrow.
>> 1908, May 29. St. John's Review [Ont.]
>> "There is a Paddy-wagon ride coming in any event."
>> 1896, Nov 8. Houston Daily Post
>> "Sioux in a Paddy Wagon" [headline]
>> 1868, Nov. 5 Milwaukee Daily Sentinel [19th. c. news.] "Wheelbarrow...one
>> l=3D
>> ittle thought its symmetrical proportions deserved the vulgar epithet of
>> "p=3D
>> addy wagon" of a by-standing Democrat of the old school."
>> Three more from Milwaukee Daily Sentinel: December 6, 1869  [Two men,
>> recen=3D
>> t arrivals, charged with drunkenness] "having just come across the
>> Herring-=3D
>> pond in a Dutch shallop on wheels [sic]. The assertion the the boat was a
>> p=3D
>> addy-wagon, and its occupants Fenianers, is groundless, [disproved by
>> their=3D
>>  names]
>> June 29, 1872  "... borrowed a wheelbarrow....accordingly wheeled to town
>> a=3D
>> nd barrowed into the station [and] ...court room.His little scheme to
>> becom=3D
>> e possessed of a "paddy wagon" of the first order led to an expense of $1=
> 5
>> =3D
>> and costs."
>> July 12, 1876 "William Brotherhood mourns the loss of a one-wheeled
>> carriag=3D
>> e of the pattern known as a "paddy-wagon." The bow wheeler was stolen....=
> "
>>
>> Gleanings in Bee Culture 1903, Dec. 1 v. 31, page 1021 [Google Books] "Tr=
> y
>> =3D
>> the experiment some time with a small paddy wheelbarrow, with a small
>> wheel=3D
>> , and then with a modern wheelbarrow with a large wheel."
>>
>>
>> Stephen Goranson
>>
>> http://people.duke.edu/~goranson/
>>
>> ------------------------------------------------------------
>> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
>>
>
>
>
> --
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

------------------------------------------------------------
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org


More information about the Ads-l mailing list