antedating "hobo" 1885

Paul paulzjoh at MTNHOME.COM
Sun May 24 16:43:36 UTC 2009

paul johnson
And I thought I was so hip in the 50's calling my overcoat a benny.

Mark Mandel wrote:
> Interesting that the writer feels it necessary to describe the
> pronunciation of the vowels. I would have taken that for granted.
> m a m
> On Sun, May 24, 2009 at 9:01 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at> wrote:
>> The list archives has "hobo" in Kansas City Star, April 19, 1888.
>> ....An overcoat is a "Ben." Hobo is a call to attract attention, the same as
>> Hello in the average citizen's vernacular. It is pronounced with the
>> long sound
>> of the vowel, o, in both syllables, and is sometimes uttered with the aspirate
>> omitted, as "Obo,"
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                (doesn't that sound like the ingredients for a great camping trip?).

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