|Mug and Sim|
A number of us are in the process of researching an automobile that we came across known as the Muggins Simoon (or possibly Simoom).
The book does not go into many details about the car, other than it is a 1935 model and is described as "a big black car with running boards and a windshield that could be cranked open."
It is generally thought the author created such a device but a few of us are skeptical and believe it did exist, possibly in the Midwest (Marshall, MI maybe?), or is based on something else. Some of us think it sounds British but then again we don't know. Any insight to this is welcomed or ideas of where us researchers should investigate to find out more. That is, if there is more.
Does anyone know of any definitions of these words in this context. We've know about Muggins in regard to games such as cribbage and the Arabic word simoom translates as "poison wind." But how, and if, these two words fit together is still taxing what brain cells we have left.
||They seem to me to be proper names (surnames) rather than descriptive words.|
||Simoom is the name of a hot, dry wind in the deserts of north Africa and Arabia. Whether that's the origin of the car's name, I couldn't say.|
I'd speculate that indeed Muggins is a surname of a small manufacturer or assembler.|
The second, Simoon, meaning a dry desert storm, fits perfectly with a long-standing tradition of naming a particular model after a wind, a storm, or similar powerful and unrelenting force of nature.
Witness VW's Sirocco, Pontiac Tempest. The same holds true with aircraft and their engines - Whirlwind engines and Hurricane, and Typhoon aircraft by Hawker.