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List Rules Vote up the outdated bits of hobo terminology you're most eager to use on a regular basis.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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483 63
Dead Soldier An empty bottle of booze on the side of the road.

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440 54
Coffin Nails Cigarettes, cuz they'll put you in the bone orchard.

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390 47
Bone Orchard A graveyard.

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306 44
Nickel Note A five-dollar bill.

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341 57
Cupid's Itch Venereal disease.

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288 62
Cabbage Head A hopeless burnout; a drug user incapable of recovery.

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264 63
Bump Gums To chat about insignificant things.

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224 47
How Strong Are You? "How much cash do you have on you?"

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215 45
Grinders Your teeth.

10
225 51
Scrape The Mug To shave your face.

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236 61
Adam And Eve On A Raft How you order two fried eggs on toast, of course.

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218 55
Wood Butcher A carpenter.

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245 70
Ghost Story A lie told to explain your tardiness or absence.

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190 69
Pile Driver Good, strong coffee.

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187 75
Knowledge Box A small country schoolhouse.

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166 69
Throw Your Guts To snitch.

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201 96
Twist A Dream To roll a cigarette.

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152 62
Thin Ones Coins worth less than quarters.

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149 63
Eat Snowballs To stay in colder climates during the winter.

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146 61
Axle Grease Butter.

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171 84
Tin Roof A drink that's on the house.

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141 64
Bazoo Mouth, derisively: "Put a cork in your bazoo!"

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148 70
Decorate The Mahogany To buy drinks for the whole crew.

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130 57
Prone The Body To rest, horizontally.

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121 53
Toppings Dessert.

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141 80
Mix Me A Hike "Pay me what's due so I can leave."

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120 68
Cheesy To be covered with a rind of dirt and filth.

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124 72
Bone Polisher Get your mind out of the gutter, ya bum: this one means "vicious dog."

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146 92
Balloon Juice Small talk.

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111 63
Jolt A jail sentence.