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Many thanks to the group for the many origins of the term "shoo-fly". The
answers are always interesting.
It makes you wonder if there is a correlation to "shoo-fly pie" in the
Lancaster County area of PA?
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Subject: Re: Shoofly
> Another possibility - since the track resembles the curves on the
> bottom of a rocking chair...
> shoo·fly/ˈʃuˌflaɪ/ noun, plural shoo·flies.
> a child's rocker having a seat supported between two boards cut and
> painted to resemble animals.
> Jerry kay, Portsmouth, Va.
> On 11/22/12, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
> > RE: The term "shoofly" or "shoo-fly"
> > On Thu, Nov 22, 2012 at 8:37 AM, <nw-mailing-list-request at nwhs.org>
> > wrote:
> >> first appeared in railroad jargon around 1905
> > The use of the term "shoofly" definitely predates 1905. A few examples
> > follow:
> > The January 4, 1879 edition of "Railway World" noted in regards to
> > Madeira
> > and Mamore railroad (a line being built in South America) that,"Three
> > miles
> > of and a shoo fly of five miles has already been laid."
> > http://books.google.com/books?id=ZIJRAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA14
> > Quoting from "The Economic Theory of The Location of Railways", first
> > published in 1887, "First, the exploration line or what is popularly
> > called
> > a shoo fly line should be run as rapidly as possible over the entire
> > route
> > which it is contemplated will ultimately constitute the road."
> > http://books.google.com/books?id=OcpAAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA860
> > Page #110 of the "Proceedings of the First Annual Meeting of the
> > American
> > International Association of Railway Superintendents of Bridges and
> > Buildings", held in St. Louis, MO, on September 25, 1891, makes three
> > references to the term "shoofly" in regards to making repairs to
> > embankments that have been badly side washed.
> > http://books.google.com/books?id=93ASAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA110
> > C. Lloyd
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