Where did the expression "Whoa Nelly" originate?

How did that become such a universal phrase for stop!

12 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    It came from an old Roy Rogers television show. A character named Pat drove a jeep he called "Nellybelle". If he got out of control he would cry out, "Whoa Nellie". When I was a little girl, I loved watching that show.

    Source(s): Wikipedia under Pat Brady
    • Andrew M5 years agoReport

      Re the phrase being older than the TV show.

      "The name Nellybelle comes from a catch phrase, "Whoa Nelly," Brady used when he rode a stubborn mule in Roy Rogers movies."


  • evita
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Whoa Nelly

  • Kate
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    It may have had another older meaning, but it became popular from the Roy Rogers tv show...

    Whoa Nellie is a part of "Whoa Nellie Belle"

    Roy Roger's side kick, "Pat" when driving the jeep on the Roy Rogers Show, would yell " Whoa Nellie Belle".

    The jeep was called Nellie Belle, but it was shortened by most people to just plain "Whoa Nellie"

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    4 years ago

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  • 4 years ago

    "Nellie" could also be a lady s name in the Victorian times, not only for horses (lol).

    Remember Lorne Greene (+ 1987) and his great Bonanza tunes? Well, he also sang "Nellie Cole". And that was not about a horse, but about a fairly tough lady that lived in the West and sometimes acted as a boy. For the British readers, yes blokes and lasses, she was a kind of American West edition of "Famous Five" Georgina.

  • 6 years ago

    Smiley Burnett called his white horse with the black ring around the eye Nellie--he was famous for Whoa Nellie!

  • 1 decade ago

    In the Victorian times--late 1800-early 1900's Nellie was a common name for a horse--and since horses were used for every thing--travel, delivery, the phrase just stayed in the language.

  • 3 years ago

    Keith Jackson ... Calling college football on ABC. One of his signature lines!

  • 1 decade ago

    I ahve noooooooooo idea and if you try to find out the internet is all geared towards nelly furtado..... Shame isnt it ?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It originated in Mongolia. Genghis Khan said that to stop his horse.


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