In Reply to: Monkey Wards posted by Latimer.23 on April 22, 2010 at 14:54:
: The term "Monkey Wards" may have come from the fact that Montgomery Wards in Dallas at Winnwood shopping center use to have an enclosure that had monkeys in it in at the back of the store. My siblings and I would go watch the monkeys while our mom shopped. This was in about 1962. I don't know how many other Wards stores had monkeys.
I don't know, either, but "Monkey Ward's" for "Montgomery Ward's" goes way back, much earlier than the 1960s. It's just a slangy way to avoid all those syllables, and was known and used across the whole continent--the North American continent, that is.