Posted by TheFallen on November 26, 2002
In Reply to: Jimmy Riddle posted by Barney on November 25, 2002
: : : I have always understood that he was a famous jockey in his day.
: : Jimmy Riddle is rhyming slang for 'to have a piddle'. 'Piddle' is colloquial for urinating. Anyone with a surname of 'Riddle' is more than likely to get the nickname 'Jimmy', just like many Murphys are called 'Spud' and Whites are called 'Blanco'. Many of these associations are common in the Military, but less so elsewhere. I bet the Jockey's real first name was not Jimmy!
: The only racing link I can find is to the "Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital" in Lexington Virginia named after - I assume - a William A. Rood, D.V.M. and W. Thomas Riddle, D.V.M. who are both senior members of staff.
I've not been able to find any evidence that Jimmy Riddle was a famous jockey. However, I believe that there is (or at least was) a famous NASCAR driver lamentably christened Richard by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Trickle. The chances of this being in the least relevant to the topic are of course near zero.
Oh, in defining NASCAR as a sport, I'm using the word very loosely. Personally, it strikes me that you might as well empty a box of toy cars into a lavatory, pull the flush and watch them go round and round, rather than watch NASCAR - but vive la différence, I suppose.