The term 'paddy wagon' is of English origin due to it's use to pick up drunk Irish louts (paddy's) from pub brawls.
It is commonly used across all prior English colonies including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many others.
Contrary to other postings here, the term 'divvy van' is unbeknownst to any Australia on my extensive MSN list, nor have I heard it in the 47 years I've lived here, so I'd say it's someone attempting to coin a phrase.
Mel Gibson refers to a paddy wagon in a (intended) slip of the tongue (due to Australian roots) in the movie Signs, "We took some of your friends downtown already in the back of a paddy wagon."
I nickname given to a vehicle police use to transport prisoners. The name came from the New York Draft riots of 1863. The Irish at the time were the poorest people in the city. When the draft was implemented it had a provision for wealthier people to buy a waiver. The Irish rioted, and the term Paddy wagon was coined.
Patrick, Michael, Sean throw those damnn Irish in the Paddywagon.
A police wagon used for hauling criminals. Often due to the stereotype of Irish (Paddys= Pattys= Patricks) being arrested for public intoxication. Also due to the high number of Irish men employed as police officers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries
a police vehicle in which criminals are taken away in(from paddy, police officer, which comes from the fact that many police officers are of Irish decent)
The thief cursed the rich old man as the paddywagon took him away.
The van driven by the police, to pick up unruly teens out getting drunk in public places, after the town curfew, used to bring the teens to the police station, usually for the night.
"Shit man! The Paddy wagon! Ditch the bottles and run!"
means "P. D. Wagon"
used for transporting prisoners.
Origins of the phrase are not sinister. The origin is from the era of horse drawn box enclosed wagons employed by the Police Department, especially of New York City. These wagons had the sole identification painted on the sides, in large letters the initials P.D. When spoken the term "P.D. Wagon" easily becomes "paddy wagon".
While the word "paddy
" may be in modern use in derogatory ways, the development of those meanings are separate and unrelated to the "P. D. Wagon
These derogatory uses however, have led to fabricated, invented and much more complicated explanations of the phrase "paddy wagon" and while a word or phrase may develop new meanings over time, and thus become valid of themselves, that does not change the true and simple origin as a slurring of the phrase "P.D. Wagon"
At a mass demonstration, spoken by an officer of the law "We've sent for the paddy wagons people. Disperse or stay and be arrested."
Irish/English word for Police Van where they load up typical gangs of drunks that are acting the eejit in public
Paddy wagon may be used all over australia but the term "divvy van" is also used such as at cricket matchs
"your goin home in the back of a divvy van"