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Do you use this expression a lot for riding in the front seat of a car?
Usually we "call" it rather than "ride" it.
I call shotgun!
(Actually, since most people know of my tendency to experience car sickness, they are happy to have me up there with the driver instead of turning green in the back seat.)
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Guess it refers to the times wnen there was a person holding a shotgun next to the driver on the wagon?
It appears to refer to those times, but apparently there is no record of the phrase "riding shotgun" being used during the stagecoach era. It seems to be a later invention that was popularized by western movies.
Here's an interesting link on the subject.
I have only ever heard the expression "ride shotgun" in Western films, I've never heard "call shotgun".