Posted by ESC on August 28, 2002
In Reply to: Booby hatch?? posted by Tam on August 27, 2002
: ok, thats a good one - who - where - when started that one?
BOOBY HATCH - "'Booby,' for 'a dunce, a nimcompoop,' is recorded in English as far back as 1599, probably deriving from the Spanish 'boho,' 'a fool,' which in turn, may come from the Latin 'balbus,' 'stammering.'.'Booby hatch,' for an insane asylum, may have its beginnings in the 'booby hatch,' a police wagon used to carry criminals to jail. This term can be traced back to 1776 ." From Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).