tommy gun

tommy gun
[20] The name of the tommy gun, a lightweight hand-held machine gun favoured by Chicago gangsters, commemorates its originator: as its full designation, the Thompson submachine gun, reveals, a man called Thompson. He was John T. Thompson (1860– 1940), a general in the US Army who had links with the Auto-Ordnance Corporation of New York City. The idea for the gun was originally his, and although it was actually designed by O.V. Payne, it was Thompson’s name that it carried when it came on the market in 1919. The substitution with the colloquial Tommy is first recorded in 1929.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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