Accommodation car the caboose of a train
Angellina young inexperienced kid
Bad Road a train line rendered useless by some hobo's bad action
Banjo (1) a small portable frying pan. (2) a short, "D" handled shovel
Barnacle a person who sticks to one job a year or more
Beachcomber a hobo who hangs around docks or seaports
Big House prison
Bindle stick collection of belongings wrapped in cloth and tied around a stick
Bindlestiff a hobo who steals from other hobos.
Blowed-in-the-glass a genuine, trustworthy individual
"'Bo" the common way one hobo referred to another: "I met that 'Bo on the way to Bangor last spring".
Boil Up specifically, to boil one's clothes to kill lice and their eggs. Generally, to get oneself as clean as possible
Bone polisher a mean dog
Bone orchard a graveyard
Bull a railroad officer
Bullets beans
Buck a Catholic priest good for a dollar
Buger today's lunch
C, H, and D indicates an individual is Cold, Hungry, and Dry (thirsty)
California Blankets newspapers, intended to be used for bedding
Calling In using another's campfire to warm up or cook
Cannonball a fast train
Carrying the Banner keeping in constant motion so as to avoid being picked up for loitering or to keep from freezing
Catch the Westbound to die
Chuck a dummy pretend to faint
Cover with the moon sleep out in the open
Cow crate a railroad stock car
Crumbs lice
Doggin' it traveling by bus, especially on the Greyhound bus line
Easy mark a hobo sign or mark that identifies a person or place where one can get food and a place to stay overnight
Elevated under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Flip to board a moving train
Flop a place to sleep, by extension: "Flophouse", a cheap hotel.
Glad Rags one's best clothes
Graybacks lice
Grease the Track to be run over by a train
Gump a scrap of meat
Honey dipping working with a shovel in the sewer
Hot (1) a fugitive hobo. (2) a decent meal: "I could use three hots and a flop."
Hot Shot train with priority freight, stops rarely, goes faster; synonym for "Cannonball"
Jungle an area off a railroad where hobos camp and congregate
Jungle Buzzard a hobo or tramp who preys on their own
Knowledge bus a school bus used for shelter
Main Drag the busiest road in a town
Moniker / Monica a nickname
Mulligan a type of community stew, created by several hobos combining whatever food they have or can collect
Nickel note five-dollar bill
On The Fly jumping a moving train
Padding the hoof to travel by foot
Possum Belly to ride on the roof of a passenger car. One must lie flat, on his/her stomach, to not be blown off
Pullman a rail car
Punk any young kid
Reefer a compression of "refrigerator car".
Road kid a young hobo who apprentices himself to an older hobo in order to learn the ways of the road
Road stake the small amount of money a hobo may have in case of an emergency
Rum dum a drunkard
Sky pilot a preacher or minister
Soup bowl a place to get soup, bread and drinks
Snipes cigarette butts "sniped" (eg. in ashtrays)
Spear biscuits looking for food in garbage cans
Stemming panhandling or mooching along the streets
Tokay Blanket drinking alcohol to stay warm Yegg a traveling professional thief

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