language 30 Weird Slang Terms Old-Timey Hobos Actually Used

Kellen Perry
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List Rules Vote up the outdated bits of hobo terminology you're most eager to use on a regular basis.

Are you tired of 21st century lingo like woke, fleek, tho, adorbs, or [INSERT HOT NEW SLANG HERE]? Maybe it's time to borrow a corn liquor-soaked page from late 19th- and early 20th-century vagrants and start using some old-timey hobo slang!

Not all hobo terminology or historical hobo words are fit for 21st-century sensibilities, however. Telling your friends you'll meet them in the "lee of a reefer," as cool as that sounds, is meaningless unless you are literally going to join them in a refrigerated boxcar. There are also some things hobos used to say that are unforgivably racist and better left unmentioned. But the list below features some hot hobo slang you can safely integrate into your day-to-day life.

So go twist a dream (if you're so inclined), pour a hot cup of pile driver, and check out some of the best hobo slang to bump gums with your friends about.

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Dead Soldier An empty bottle of booze on the side of the road.

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Coffin Nails Cigarettes, cuz they'll put you in the bone orchard.

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Bone Orchard A graveyard.

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Cupid's Itch Venereal disease.

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Cabbage Head A hopeless burnout; a drug user incapable of recovery.

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Twist A Dream To roll a cigarette.

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Ghost Story A lie told to explain your tardiness or absence.

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Nickel Note A five-dollar bill.

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Bump Gums To chat about insignificant things.

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Adam And Eve On A Raft How you order two fried eggs on toast, of course.

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Tin Roof A drink that's on the house.

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Knowledge Box A small country schoolhouse.

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Scrape The Mug To shave your face.

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Wood Butcher A carpenter.

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Balloon Juice Small talk.

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How Strong Are You? "How much cash do you have on you?"

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Throw Your Guts To snitch.

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Pile Driver Good, strong coffee.

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Mix Me A Hike "Pay me what's due so I can leave."

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Decorate The Mahogany To buy drinks for the whole crew.

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Eat Snowballs To stay in colder climates during the winter.

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Grinders Your teeth.

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Bone Polisher Get your mind out of the gutter, ya bum: this one means "vicious dog."

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Thin Ones Coins worth less than quarters.

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Axle Grease Butter.

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Cheesy To be covered with a rind of dirt and filth.

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Jolt A jail sentence.

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Bazoo Mouth, derisively: "Put a cork in your bazoo!"

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Prone The Body To rest, horizontally.

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Toppings Dessert.