phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

Phrases, Sayings and Idioms Home > Discussion Forum

Re: Whoa Nellie

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on March 19, 2004

In Reply to: Re: Whoa Nellie posted by ESC on March 19, 2004

: : : Hi there,
: : : Where did "Whoa Nellie" come from and does it mean anything other than the obvious...i.e. slow down or stop to a horse named Nellie?
: : : Thanks in advance.

: : I'd say the meaning is straightforward.

: I don't know if this is a connection. On the Roy Rogers' show there was a jeep named "Nellie Bell." Does anyone remember that? I googled and found one instance of someone saying "Whoa, Nellie Bell!"

That explains where my Uncle Ted got the name for his Jeep.