Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Shotgun shack

A house with no internal barrier between the front and back doors.

"Familiar in working-class neighborhoods all over the South, the “shotgun” name reflects the fact a bullet fired at the front door could pass right out the back door, travelling the full length of the narrow house without ever encountering any obstructions." Duncan Spencer in The Hill, November 8, 2004

from http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/shotgun_shack

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