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  • During the American Civil War, a shebang,perhaps,meant (2 halves of) an army pup tent. The meaning of hut or shed has been attributed (in some circles) as coming from the prisoners of Camp Ford,Texas refering to the makeshift hovels they lived in.

    From EtymologyOnline: 1862, "hut, shed, shelter," perhaps an alteration of shebeen (q.v.). Phrase the whole shebang first recorded 1869, but relation to the earlier use of the word is obscure. Either or both senses may also be mangled pronunciations of Fr. char-à-banc, a bus-like wagon with many seats.

    September 23, 2010

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