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What does W stand for?

W stands for Wide Word

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The World Wide Words site on the internet says the first reference to a Black Maria vehicle in Boston was in 1847, some years after the lady''s fame.
The Saturday 17 December 2005 World Wide Words (Issue 472), edited by Michael Quinion, exhibited the neologism SINISTROSPHERE: "This has started to appear online as a disparaging collective term for bloggers with left-wing political affiliations.
Michael Quinion's generally excellent website World Wide Words also disagrees with the goose theory, and likewise claims that the z was "a result of a mistaken etymology by the eighteenth-century lexicographer Nathaniel Bailey," and concludes, "In particular, despite the entry in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, it is not a dialect term meaning 'stubble-goose.