[Ads-l] paddy wagon

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jul 28 16:43:53 EDT 2017


Well, the OED entry would suggest that it is (given Paddy < Patrick as an Irish ethnonym and the function of the eponymous wagons).  Is that not the general lexicographic consensus?

LH  

> On Jul 28, 2017, at 4:29 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> The Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC's _Deadline: White House_:
> 
> "[Now President Trump is] talking about 'paddy wagons' which, by the way,
> is a *slur*, Mr. President!"
> 
> JL
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