View Full Version : why a crowbar?

06-05-2001, 03:56 AM
Does anyone know why a crowbar has that particular name? Was it originally used against crows? And if so, in what capacity?
Just wondering.

Chris W

Rue DeDay
06-05-2001, 07:23 AM
Cecil is wonderful. Cecil is great. But for words, you need a word detective. Or TheWord Detective (http://www.word-detective.com/).

Why a crowbar? This (http://www.word-detective.com/110598.html#crowbar) is why.

The crow pries stuff up with its beak. You pry stuff up with a crowbar. It's a bar that works like a crow. Voilá, crowbar.