Hi Friends,
Does a car-hop mean a place to pull over and have your order, or somewhere that you can park after receiving your order and eat it at your own car in the followin sentence:
A number of them are drive-in restaurants with car-hops.
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Hi, LanguageLover,
A carhop is the guy who serves customers at a drive-in restaurant.
Thank you, Miche - I've often wondered! (but never enough to look it up!)
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Thanks Miche. I couldn't think of that too!
The term "car hop" originated at drive-in restaurants when young teen-age boys would jump "hop" on the running board of a car pulling in and take their orders. Later, girls became dominant but were still called car hops, even though some places used skates.

It started in Texas, then California in a big way, then the southeast and on to the northeast.
I saw this in a documentary and it makes sense.
Does anybody know of the relation of "car-hop" to "bell-hop"?
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Maybe a bellhop "hops" to it when he hears the bell ring.

What about the car-hop part? Is there a suggestion that the car-hop hops to it when he sees a car drive up? In other words, is it more likely that the term"car-hop" comes from "bell-hop" (hopping "to it") or from "hopping on the running board"?

I'm still looking for a tie-in to 'carhop', but this is interesting:

'Bellhop is a 1910 shortening of bellhopper (1900), from the notion of hopping to action at the ring of the bell. Bell-boy was originally (1851) a ship's bell-ringer, later (1861) a hotel page.'

So 'bellhop' and 'bellboy' have nothing in common except the bell.
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