Posted by Smokey Stover on January 12, 2004
In Reply to: Motor Pool - ??? posted by Noga on January 10, 2004
: : : : : : Does anybody know the meaning of the sentence: "he took a car from the pool"???
: : : : : Some organizations/businesses will have a number of cars or trucks available to many users, not assigned to individuals. This collection ("pool") of cars can be taken out for an errand and returned, to be used by someone else.
: : : : Thanks a lot!
: : : there are a few usages of 'pool' similar to 'car pool' all deriving from a 'pool' being a collection of water - there is 'typing-pool' which is a collection of secretarial staff who do not have a particular person that they work for, 'pooling resources' meaning to cooperate, 'the pools' a gambling system that divides up money put into a scheme rather than has a fixed prize and 'pool' used in the same way as 'pot' - an amount of money to be used collectively.
: : Sargeant Bilko worked in, well, was attached to the Motor Pool.
: I have no idea what you're talking about!!!
I have been informed, correctly I trust, that the TV show on which Phil Silvers entertained viewers with his skulduggery as Sergeant Bilko of the motor pool, was named The Phil Silvers Show. Mea maxima culpa. SS