Vintage Hobo terms that absolutely must make their way back into our vehicular!

Travel is on the rise and with that new and inventive travel terms creep their way into our everyday jargon. Instead of inventing new travacular ( just now coined by me). Let’s take a look at the OG traveler, the Hobo. No one was more familiar with travel slang than the Hobo of the early 1900’s USA. So For travel Tuesday let’s take a look at some of these awesome Hobo terms that need to make a huge comeback.


Adam & Eve on a raft - Two fried eggs on toast. “Wreck 'em” if they are scrambled. “With their eyes open,” if not.


Airedale - Someone who travels alone rather than with other tramps


Amble, ambulate - “Walk at a leisurely pace” (because, one imagines, of its similarity to the word “amble”), to ambulate is simply to walk


American nomad - A hobo who has been across the nation many times


Apple knockers - Apple pickers


Bad road - A railroad line that would rather kill a hobo than to allow him to obtain a “free” ride


Balling the jack - A freight train which is rolling fast.


eat their way - To travel by trains


Bicycle tramp - A tramp who travels by bicycle. Sometimes they put lawn mower motors on the bicyle so they don't always have to peddle. They carry their belongs on the bicycle


Big hole in the sky - A westbound


bindle stiff (2) - Chronic wanderers; itinerant misfits, criminals, migratory harvest workers, and lumber jacks. Called so because they carried a “bindle.”


Bindle stick - A walking stick, used by hobos, sometimes hand carved, and used to carry a bindle. The stick is also used to clear paths through dense brush or for protection. Oftentimes it is autographed as hobos meet one another during their travels


lowed-in-the-glass - Someone who was born to be a hobo


Boomer (1) - A drifter who went from one railroad job to another, staying but a short time


Bumming a ride - To hitchhike or the process of hitchhiking


The Call of the Road - Wanderlust


Cat wagon - A brothel on wheels visiting the chaste villages of the middle west or following the harvest crews


Cinder trail - The path the hobo or tramp walks


Coast beggars - Tramps who limit themselves to travel only to the cities of the west coast of America


Doggin' it - Traveling by bus


Drifter (1) - One who travels in no certain direction or path of travel


Itinerant - Traveling from place to place, wander about without a lived home


Lizzie tramps - The hitch-hikers and again to wandering families traveling in automobiles


Open Road - The system of railroad rails that can take you any where you have a mind to go or travel. As in the call of the “Open Road.


Ridin' 'em high - Traveling on tops of boxcars


Rubber hobo - A hobo that travels across the country in a rubber tired automobile, usually an older vehicle


Snowbirds (1) - These are hobos who travel South looking for a warm place to roose until the arrival of spring


Streamlined jack roller - A hobo thief who travels light. Also see streamliner


Yegg

a traveling professional thief, or burglar


Did you see one you like? What’s your favorite travel term?


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