riding shotgun

Barnhart barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Sun Apr 11 14:41:27 UTC 2004

A New-York-City linguist asked me yesterday if "to ride shotgun" (meaning
to ride in the passenger seat of an automobile) was familiar.  It is
recorded in Chapman's revision of Wentworth and Flexner without regional
notation.  It is noted in DARE (under ride, def. 12b) but without
particular regional notations.  There are quotes from Seattle, Wisconsin,
"sId", an issue of AmSp "Trucker slang", and the DARE file.  My suspicion
is that because it is trucker slang, it would be fairly widely spread.  It
was unknown to the NYC linguist (a man in his 70's).  Any thoughts that
would help reveal some regional distribution would be gratefully received.


barnhart at highlands.com

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