Posted by Brian from Shawnee on August 29, 2003
In Reply to: Coal cracker posted by GPP on August 28, 2003
: : : : : I am having trouble posting to "coal cracker." So I'm trying it as a new discussion. Here goes:
: : : : : I'll look up "coal cracker" in my regional slang dictionaries this evening. I've never heard this phrase -- I'm a coal miner's daughter from West Virginia. I've done some online research and searched new and used bookstores trying to locate a miners' slang book. No luck yet.
: : : : From coalregion.com:
: : : : "The word, "cracker" was another term for a breaker and "coal cracker" was used to describe a miner."
: : : Thanks Bruce! Especially for the online Coal Speak Dictionary. I've been looking for one of those forever.
: : Thank you Bruce and ESC. So, it seems that "Coal Cracker" is local to the central PA coal mining region, after all.
: Brian, since presumably you're in at least occasional communication with your wife, how about asking her what her understanding of the term is, and report back to us here?
Good idea. I'll give it a try.