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Whoa Nellie

Posted by ESC on March 19, 2004

In Reply to: Whoa Nellie posted by Henry on March 18, 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!"