Hoover’s name used to describe many things
UPDATE: In a previous column, I discussed Hooverisms, negative nicknames given to certain items used during the Great Depression. For instance, newspapers were called “Hoover blankets” because they were often used as blankets. “Hoover flags” were empty pockets turned inside out, and a “Hooverville” was a shantytown.
I asked readers if they knew of any more; here are a few. “Hoover hogs” were armadillos in the South and Southwest and squirrels, rabbits and other small critters in Appalachia. One reader told me her husband grew up in Arkansas, where they called turnips “Hoover apples.” “To this day, he will not eat a turnip.” “Hoover carts” were two-wheeled carts made using the rear wheels and axles from automobiles that people could no longer afford to operate. The carts were pulled by mules, horses or other animals.
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