[Ads-l] Query about "hobo"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Mar 14 20:32:44 UTC 2016


I wonder if Norm Cohen is familiar with Jon's interesting if admittedly non-definitive etymological note at "hobo" in HDAS II; that *is* more recent than 1981, in any case.  

LH


> On Mar 14, 2016, at 2:54 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at MST.EDU> wrote:
> 
> I've received a request from researcher Norm Cohen (no relation) 
> about the origin of "hobo," and I offered to share his request with
> ads-l.  If anyone can help, please contact Norm directly and also
> please share the information with the entire listserv.
> 
> His request appears beneath my signoff.
> 
> Gerald Cohen
> 
> [from N. Cohen]:
> "In 1981, in my book on American railroad songs, "Long Steel Rail," I
> reported what was then known about the origins of the word "hobo."  Is
> anyone aware of any information that has since come to  light on the
> subject?  Norm Cohen, ncohen at teleport.com."
> 
> Thanks,
> Norm
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