laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Apr 14 14:16:13 UTC 2004
At 11:07 PM -0400 4/13/04, Sam Clements wrote:
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Douglas G. Wilson" <douglas at NB.NET>
>To: <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 10:27 PM
>Subject: "Gurney" etymology
>> Is the origin of "gurney" = "wheeled cart or bed" (medical and other
>> jargon, I think) known?
>> I am surprised to find no very plausible origin in quick Web-search. My
>> dictionaries have nothing very likely; AHD mentions a horse-drawn cab from
>> 1883, but I think the current usage dates from about 50 years later.
>> A notion which occurs to me involves the Gurney brand of ball bearings.
>> anybody looked into this?
>> -- Doug Wilson
>Evan Morris at least published a column
...in which, while acknowledging that we have no info on "gurney"
itself, he endorses the acronymic theory for the origin of "gomer" (<
Get Out of My Emergency Room). As I recall, some of the respondents
here favored the Gomer Pyle theory.
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