[Ads-l] paddy wagon (2nd tray)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 29 12:13:32 EDT 2017


May I recommend the replacement term _Multiethnic Mariah_?

JL

On Sat, Jul 29, 2017 at 11:48 AM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at mst.edu>
wrote:

> I see my message on 'paddy wagon' came out entirely jumbled. Here's a
> second try.
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> Gerald Cohen
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> [Earlier message]:
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> For those interested:
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> Comments on Etymology (series of working papers) presented
>
> the following item in vol. 45,  #2, Nov. 2015, pp. 2-9:
>
> ‘Paddy Wagon “Police Van” -- Stephen Goranson Discovers Its First
>
> Meaning Was “Wheelbarrow”.’
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>
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> Gerald Cohen
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> ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM<mailto:adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.
> COM> wrote (July 28, 2017):
>
> In April 2015 Stephen Goranson initiated a discussion thread about
> "paddy wagon" by presenting some intriguing citations:
>
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2015-April/136543.html
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> [Begin excerpt]
> Though "paddy wagon" came to be associated with police vehicles, some
> early uses associate it with wheelbarrows. OED (via Sam Clements) has
> 1909 for "paddy wagon."
> [End excerpt]
>
> I presented some complementary matches for "Paddy's wheelbarrow".
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2015-April/136625.html
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> The OED has the following definition for "paddy" and notes that it can
> be derogatory.
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> paddy, n.2
> 1. colloq.
>  a. Usually in form Paddy. An Irishman. Frequently used as a
> derogatory form of address.
> 1714   in R. Steele Poetical Misc. 201   Poor Paddy swears his whole
> Week's Gains away.
> [End excerpt]
>
> Here is the OED information for "paddy wagon" which is listed under
> "paddy, n.2".
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> paddy wagon  n. slang (orig. U.S.) a police van or car.
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> 1909   Chicago Tribune 12 Sept. v. 3/1   Don't it make you think of
> the paddy wagon going down the street to pinch a gambling joint?
> [End excerpt]
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> Garson
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