Jeff Garringer: I am trying to determine the origin of the word DASHBOARD. Everyone knows what it is, but I can't find out how the word came to be. I know that it predates the auto. It was also used to describe the front splash plate on carriages, buggies, and the like.
Dennis DuGuay: Etymology: Middle English from 2 words #1 Dasshen meaning to splash or spatter #2 bord meaning a piece of sawed lumber. The dasshen bord was placed between the occupants in the wagon and the animal that was pulling the wagon to keep the animals urine, feces, or other liquids from the ground, being thrown back onto the occupants.

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