The Witches Almanac 2011
A few hobo colloquialisms
Banjo – frying pan
Cover with the Moon – to sleep out in the open
Beachcomber – hobo who stays along sea ports and beaches
Glad Rags – nice clothing
Calling In – getting warm and cooking at another’s campfire
Bindle – collection of belongings wrapped in a cloth
and tied to a stick to carry over the shoulder.
Bindlestiff – hobo, tramp or bum who steals from other hobos.
Bo – common way one hobo refers to another,
a brother or sister vagabond
Accommodation Car – caboose
Grease the Track – to be run over by a train
Boil Up – get clean, shedding lice, dirt, etc.
by boiling one’s clothes and washing in fresh hot water.
Bone Polisher – dog
California Blankets – newspapers to be used for bedding
Barnacle – hobo who remains at one job for over a year
Chuck a Dummy – pretending to faint in order to get hand-outs
Doggin’ It – travel by Greyhound bus
Flop – a cheap hotel, a flop house
Gray Backs – lice
Bone yard – graveyard