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PostSubject: Pea shooter? Pea popper?   Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:42 pm

I've heard the term "hog leg" for a pistol, but have you ever heard a small gun called a pea shooter? Or a pea popper?

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PostSubject: Re: Pea shooter? Pea popper?   Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:48 pm

pea shooter-yes. I've read the term in 19th century books. Never heard of or seen pea popper. Since there really were pea shooters for children, the term was mocking or derisive.

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PostSubject: Re: Pea shooter? Pea popper?   Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:58 pm


I've heard pea shooter, and took it to mean a very small gun. Didn't know the origin that BJ stated--that's cool!

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PostSubject: Re: Pea shooter? Pea popper?   Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:14 pm

I've heard of pea shooter both in the sense of a small handgun or as the device I had myself as a child. Can't say I've ever heard of a pea popper.
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PostSubject: Re: Pea shooter? Pea popper?   Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:26 am

I've heard quite a few slang words for guns, but I've never heard of a pea popper. draw
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PostSubject: Re: Pea shooter? Pea popper?   Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:59 am

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I've heard pea shooter, and took it to mean a very small gun. Didn't know the origin that BJ stated--that's cool!

But I bet you have seen them in old movies. Simply a narrow tube that a child, usually a boy, blows a pea or other small round object out of. I think WC Fields was a target in some of his pictures. Groucho Marx uses one in Horse Feathers while he is teaching anatomy - he and Chico and Harpo have a pea shooting battle.

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PostSubject: Re: Pea shooter? Pea popper?   Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:17 am

Huh... I learn something new every day on this site.

I thought a pea shooter was like a straw that you blew a pea out of to hit someone or something.

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PostSubject: Re: Pea shooter? Pea popper?   Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:25 am

BeeJay wrote:
Ghislaine Emrys wrote:

I've heard pea shooter, and took it to mean a very small gun. Didn't know the origin that BJ stated--that's cool!

But I bet you have seen them in old movies. Simply a narrow tube that a child, usually a boy, blows a pea or other small round object out of. I think WC Fields was a target in some of his pictures. Groucho Marx uses one in Horse Feathers while he is teaching anatomy - he and Chico and Harpo have a pea shooting battle.

Love the pea shooter battle in Horse Feathers!

Perhaps a boy was the shooter in movies, but rest assured peashooters were equal opportunity items when I was a kid. Had my share of them and held my own in "battles" with the boys. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Pea shooter? Pea popper?   Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:07 am

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BeeJay wrote:
Ghislaine Emrys wrote:

I've heard pea shooter, and took it to mean a very small gun. Didn't know the origin that BJ stated--that's cool!

But I bet you have seen them in old movies. Simply a narrow tube that a child, usually a boy, blows a pea or other small round object out of. I think WC Fields was a target in some of his pictures. Groucho Marx uses one in Horse Feathers while he is teaching anatomy - he and Chico and Harpo have a pea shooting battle.

Love the pea shooter battle in Horse Feathers!

Perhaps a boy was the shooter in movies, but rest assured peashooters were equal opportunity items when I was a kid. Had my share of them and held my own in "battles" with the boys. Very Happy

I remember kids trying that when I was a kid. They used corn rather than peas tho.
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PostSubject: Re: Pea shooter? Pea popper?   Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:24 pm

radiogaga80 wrote:
Remuda wrote:
BeeJay wrote:
Ghislaine Emrys wrote:

I've heard pea shooter, and took it to mean a very small gun. Didn't know the origin that BJ stated--that's cool!

But I bet you have seen them in old movies. Simply a narrow tube that a child, usually a boy, blows a pea or other small round object out of. I think WC Fields was a target in some of his pictures. Groucho Marx uses one in Horse Feathers while he is teaching anatomy - he and Chico and Harpo have a pea shooting battle.

Love the pea shooter battle in Horse Feathers!

Perhaps a boy was the shooter in movies, but rest assured peashooters were equal opportunity items when I was a kid. Had my share of them and held my own in "battles" with the boys. Very Happy

I remember kids trying that when I was a kid. They used corn rather than peas tho.

I remember soggy bits of paper being formed into balls and fired. Nasty boys!
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