Posted by ESC on July 18, 2005
In Reply to: I hope I don't cause any offense posted by Bob on July 18, 2005
: : hi! I hope I don't cause any offense but what is the origin and meaning of the idiom "Nigger in the wood-pile" - it's found in Agatha Christie
: Your question has been asked and answered here before. Please go back one page, click on the Browse the Archive link, and you'll be able to find that previous discussion.
Search using "woodpile." That brings up several discussions. This one includes some new (to me) information I found in a mystery: http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/27/messages/435.html