Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 8 00:31:19 UTC 2010

Heard this term used for the first time since the '50's, in the phrase,

"... _bindles_  (small, cough-drop-sized packages) of black-tar [heroin]"

on the trash-TV cop show, The First 48.

Back in the day, _bindle_ "a hobo's bagged belongings"  _bindlestick_
"the broomstick or something similar used to carry the bindle over
one's shoulder" _ bindlestiff_ "a hobo."

These could have different meanings for others. I know them only from
reading the funnies and from funnybooks. "Bindlestiff" was also the
title of a coverstory by James Blish, in Astounding(?) SF in the late
'40's or early '50's.
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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