Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 15:41:08 -0600 From: wachal robert s Subject: Re: Trouble Hunters on WHEELS Well it was also used in Scandinavian Fargo, North Dakota, in ca. 1940 when my 4th-grade teacher ammpomced that a classmate "will not be in school today because she had a mishap on her wheel." I understood her but thought it a very odd way to put it. Perhaps I understood because I grew up reading stories from children's books of the 1920's and earlier. Bob Wachal On Mon, 1 Dec 1997, Peter Richardson wrote: > > > > > "While riding his wheel he was > > bitten by a dog. ... " > > > > I wonder how may people know that WHEEL once commonly meant 'bicycle'? My > > Iowa great-grandmother (b. 1860) regularly used this slang (?) term, and I > > think also her daughters and her daughters' husbands used it. Farmer&Henley > > list this usage, but give no noun cites. Chapman does not list it, nor does > > Beale/Partridge. > > This might be a loan translation of German Rad 'wheel,' probably used in > German-speaking Iowa a century ago just as it's still used today in > Germany for 'bicycle.'> >