Antedating of "shotgun house" 1903
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Sun Apr 11 21:06:56 UTC 2004
I think we would need some compelling evidence before abandoning a perfectly plausible derivation from "shotgun" for this.
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Subject: Re: Antedating of "shotgun house" 1903
I originally went looking for the term "shotgun house" when it was brought
up on a thread over at The Straight Dope. I wasn't familiar with it.
In that thread, http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=250054
reference is made to the possibility of the term coming from Yoruba(a West
African language?)--'to-gun' meaning? a place of assembly. This is put
forth in a book by James Deetz _In Small Things Forgotten_ , quoting John
Vlatch, "shotgun Houses," Natural History, Vol. 87, no. 2(1977), pp. 50-57.
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