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James Baughn

Where did Shinbone Alley come from?

Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 2:30 PM


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  • You ought to see my Blue Eyed Sally,

    She lives way down on Shinbone Alley.

    Number on the gate, the number on the door,

    The next house over is the grocery store.

    "Stay all Night," by Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan

    -- Posted by nocomment on Tue, Jun 24, 2014, at 10:06 PM
  • If you care to read more about the origin of "shin" bone read on...

    RE: Where did Shinbone Alley come from? blog written by James Baughn. (shared below--scroll down). Upon reading this very interesting and well researched article I remembered a human anatomy class I had with Dr. Homer R. Bolen, c.1959 in the original science building. During a lecture demonstration on the human skeleton, the lower leg bones, a student asked, "Where is the shin bone Dr. Bolen?" Dr. Bolen paused, then responded, "You know, that question was asked when I was a student in my undergrad years and I will share the response my professor gave." He said, "The tibia, or shin bone, has an anterior sharpness...the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet is 'shin' denoting something sharp. Somehow or someway the sharp tibia bone became referred to as the 'shin' or 'sharp' bone."

    "Shin is also a popular female name in Japan..."

    -- Posted by Elroy on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 10:49 AM
  • what a great article! thank you!! you have just reminded me of how glad i am, that i don't drink anymore...;-)

    -- Posted by tennisnut on Fri, Jul 25, 2014, at 3:46 PM
  • So on the Map it shows Orleans St., when was this renamed?

    -- Posted by jimblakemore2 on Sat, Mar 26, 2016, at 10:21 AM