03 April 2012

It's a Furphy

Is it universal, the saying that a suspected mistruth is a 'furphy' I wonder? Well here's a Furphy for you, trust me, it says so on the sides of. I'd never seen one before, until I went out west recently. These carts were used in military camps during WWI for water storage. An invention by John Furphy and first made in the 1880's. You can read further information here on the famous Furphy water cart.





9 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

have never heard the term 'furphy' before, so i guess it's not known in the states that way.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I have never heard of the term "furphy". After reading the article I can understand how it came into use. I shall use it in social circles now and impress my friends with my wisdom and knowledge.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Not universal, at least not in this part of the universe, either for a water-cart or an untruth.

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

Thats a pretty cool thing to have hanging about in a garden.
Shaun
Valleys ShutterBug

Carole M. said...

on reflection and with your feedback, the fact that this originated in Victoria, state of Australia, perhaps the term furphy (as for a mistruth), has continued to remain an Aussie saying only

Jan Castle said...

Glad to know what a Furphy really is...never heard of it before!
You are just a wealth of information Carole!!!!Thanks,
Jan

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I've never heard of a Furphy either. It must be just an Aussie saying.

heyBJK said...

I've never seen one of these. What great military history! I would have no idea what "Furphy" was if you hadn't given the background on it.

Liz said...

I've learned something new tonight, Carole! Thanks for sharing.