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    #1

    ride shotgun

    Do you use this expression a lot for riding in the front seat of a car?

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    Re: ride shotgun

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Do you use this expression a lot for riding in the front seat of a car?
    Do I use it? No. Will you hear it occasionally especially among our youth? Yes.

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    #3

    Re: ride shotgun

    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.

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    Re: ride shotgun

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    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.)
    Guess it refers to the times wnen there was a person holding a shotgun next to the driver on the wagon?
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    Re: ride shotgun

    Guess it refers to the times wnen there was a person holding a shotgun next to the driver on the wagon?

    ostap.
    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.

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    Re: ride shotgun

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Do I use it? No. Will you hear it occasionally especially among our youth? Yes.
    Is there a particular expression that you use?

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    Re: ride shotgun

    I have only ever heard the expression "ride shotgun" in Western films, I've never heard "call shotgun".

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    Re: ride shotgun

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I have only ever heard the expression "ride shotgun" in Western films, I've never heard "call shotgun".
    I think "call shotgun" has a slightly different meaning: it means to reserve the front passanger seat.

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    #9

    Re: ride shotgun

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Guess it refers to the times wnen there was a person holding a shotgun next to the driver on the wagon?
    In Br English there is a closely-related term (not meaning exactly the same, but meaning 'be in a position to help if needed') based on a different generation of arms technology - 'to be someone's wingman' (the wingman being the pilot of a friendly aircraft, travelling near the wing-tip).

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    Re: ride shotgun

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    I think "call shotgun" has a slightly different meaning: it means to reserve the front passanger seat.
    Before I read this thread, if somebody had said to me while we were getting into a car, "Call shotgun" I would have been totally baffled. If they had said "I'd like to ride shotgun", I would have understood what they meant but thought that they had been watching too many Westerns.

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