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Thread #80440   Message #4061797
Posted By: GUEST
27-Jun-20 - 10:51 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Jerry Go and Oil That Car
Subject: RE: Origins: Jerry Go and Oil That Car
"Tar" in this usage is likely a variation of "tarry" (pronounced "terry") meaning to delay or loiter. Take a look at "Drill ye Tarriers, Drill" for another period usage in a railroad work song.