List Rules Vote up the outdated bits of hobo terminology you're most eager to use on a regular basis.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.
list ordered by
Coffin Nails Cigarettes, cuz they'll put you in the bone orchard.
Dead Soldier An empty bottle of booze on the side of the road.
Bone Orchard A graveyard.
Cupid's Itch Venereal disease.
Nickel Note A five-dollar bill.
Cabbage Head A hopeless burnout; a drug user incapable of recovery.
How Strong Are You? "How much cash do you have on you?"
Bump Gums To chat about insignificant things.
Grinders Your teeth.
Scrape The Mug To shave your face.
Ghost Story A lie told to explain your tardiness or absence.
Adam And Eve On A Raft How you order two fried eggs on toast, of course.
Wood Butcher A carpenter.
Pile Driver Good, strong coffee.
Knowledge Box A small country schoolhouse.
Throw Your Guts To snitch.
Twist A Dream To roll a cigarette.
Axle Grease Butter.
Thin Ones Coins worth less than quarters.
Tin Roof A drink that's on the house.
Bazoo Mouth, derisively: "Put a cork in your bazoo!"
Eat Snowballs To stay in colder climates during the winter.
Decorate The Mahogany To buy drinks for the whole crew.
Prone The Body To rest, horizontally.
Mix Me A Hike "Pay me what's due so I can leave."
Cheesy To be covered with a rind of dirt and filth.
Bone Polisher Get your mind out of the gutter, ya bum: this one means "vicious dog."