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Hobo Signs These Hobo Signs below, plus a large glossary of Hobo Terms are available in printed form in my book "The American Hoboes" "Riders of the Rails". For information about this book, and how to acquire a copy, email me by clicking on the button below. email Fran For more fabulous, informative Hobo information use these links.There are none better on the entire internet. There may be one or more signs that give the same message or, at times, there may be slightly different meanings for a sign. More Hobo/Tramp Signs With so much Hobo and tramp history unrecorded all we can do is draw the best conclusions from what we are able to put together from bits and pieces of old documents that can still be found so, from my own experience, and studies, I believe these are tramp signs. Key to Hobo / Tramp Signs Below Related:  Language, Words, & MeaningCommunication Systems, Means, & Memes

Orwell was wrong: doublethink is as clear as languag... Everyone remembers Newspeak, the straitjacketed version of English from George Orwell’s novel 1984 (1949). In that dystopia, Newspeak was a language designed by ideological technicians to make politically incorrect thoughts literally inexpressible. Fewer people know that Orwell also worried about the poverty of our ordinary, unregimented vocabulary. Too often, he believed, we lack the words to say exactly what we mean, and so we say something else, something in the general neighbourhood, usually a lot less nuanced than what we had in mind; for example, he observed that ‘all likes and dislikes, all aesthetic feeling, all notions of right and wrong… spring from feelings which are generally admitted to be subtler than words’. His solution was ‘to invent new words as deliberately as we would invent new parts for a motor-car engine’. This, he suggested in an essay titled ‘New Words’ (1940), might be the occupation of ‘several thousands of… people.’ Get Aeon straight to your inbox Video

Hobo Two hobos walking along railroad tracks after being put off a train. One is carrying a bindle. Etymology[edit] Tramps and hobos are commonly lumped together, but see themselves as sharply differentiated. A hobo or bo is simply a migratory laborer; he may take some longish holidays, but soon or late he returns to work. A tramp never works if it can be avoided; he simply travels. History[edit] Cutaway illustration of a hobo stove, an improvised portable heat-producing and cooking device, utilizing air convection It is unclear exactly when hobos first appeared on the American railroading scene. In 1906, Professor Layal Shafee, after an exhaustive study, put the number of tramps in the United States at about 500,000 (about 0.6% of the U.S. population). The number of hobos increased greatly during the Great Depression era of the 1930s.[6] With no work and no prospects at home, many decided to travel for free by freight train and try their luck elsewhere. Life as a hobo was dangerous. Books[edit]

Mad Men: “Long Weekend” · TV Club “Long Weekend” (season 1, episode 10; originally aired 9/27/2007) In which I’m looking through you (Available on Netflix.) At numerous times in “Long Weekend,” characters refer to being able to see through another person. Roger points out that the skin of Eleanor, one half of a pair of identical twins whom he’s sleeping with, is translucent, which means “see through.” “Long Weekend” is one of Mad Men’s clunkier episodes, lurching around a bit and never finding another gear. It’s also entirely possible I’m just saying this because of the long break I took between “Babylon” and “Red In The Face.” Fortunately, there’s plenty of other good stuff in “Long Weekend” to make up for how disjointed the episode feels at times. Yet Joan is lying to herself as well. The Roger material in the episode is also good. One of the clever tricks of this first season is that the series sets up Don as not a particularly good man but also shows plenty of other men who just fall short of him in certain ways.

Creating The World's Greatest Anagram "It's supposed to look unlabored." ~ poet Christian Bök on anagrams If the poem above brings you some holiday cheer, know this: Those 56 lines are an anagram of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas. Yes, if you take Clement Parke Moore's famed yuletide poem, pretend the title is "The Night Before Christmas" (it's actually called "A Visit From St. Anagrams have a certain mysticism. There's a reason people believed "Elvis Lives". But those are the short ones. Canadian avant-garde poet Christian Bök has published some of the Internet's favorite anagrams. "It should look inevitable," he says. Creation reaction Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid In February of 2007, in the front window of a nondescript New York bookstore, the text pictured above appeared. "It is nothing short of perfect," Lexier says. There could be other permutations of Lexier's initial text, but Bök added his own "subsidiary constraints", a practice for which he's become popular in the avant-garde poetry world. Lego ogle Stasis assist

Hoboglyphs: Secret Transient Symbols & Modern Nomad Codes The Ears of the Wolf - Asymptote Honey My sister is alone on this side of the fence, standing on the red earth, under the noonday light. I am looking at her from next to the columns on the porch. She has done something forbidden and without hesitating for a second she has walked right up to the fence in order to show everybody (me, the silence of the garden) her limitless strength and seriousness. My sister is four years old. I am six. Thousands of bees from the neighbors' gardens, from the honeycombs at the tops of the silk cotton trees, from the guava trees, head for my sister's body that stands as still as a totem pole, defying the sun and the clouds of smoke, defying the entire tropics with her stillness and her serious little-girl smile. Used by permission of Brutas Editoras.

Words of 2015 round-up Word of the Year season has closed with the selections of the American Dialect Society this past weekend, so it’s time to reflect on the different words of the 2015. The refugee crisis and gender politics have featured prominently in selections around the globe as well as the influence of technology. In the English-speaking world: Collins Dictionary named “binge watch” as their Word of 2015. Oxford Dictionaries selected the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji. Dennis Baron selected the gender-neutral singular “they” as his Word of the Year. Quartz’s (unofficial) nomination for Word of the Year is also the singular “they”. The Australian National Dictionary Centre’s Word of the Year is “sharing economy”. selected “identity”. Merriam-Webster selected the suffix “-ism”. Cambridge Dictionaries selected “austerity”. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) selected “content marketing”. Global Language Monitor selected “microaggression”. In New Zealand, Public Address selected “quaxing”.

Flyby | The blog of The Harvard Crimson Hundreds of high school prefrosh will be coming to campus this weekend, phones in hand, thumbs at the ready. In high school, texting was all about the abbreviations and acronyms. Cool texters were the ones who could throw around g2g, LOL, and idk without a second thought. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Mad Men: “Ladies Room”  · TV Club “Ladies Room” (season 1, episode 2; originally aired 7/26/2007) In which everybody needs therapy (Available on Netflix.) If Mad Men’s pilot asked viewers to wonder who Don Draper was, the second episode all but insists upon it. “Ladies Room” is a little too neat and orderly, and a little too fond of explicitly underlining its thematic points, all in that very Mad Men way the show can sometimes get when it seems to be so eager of making sure we understand every point it’s trying to make. My favorite shot of the episode involves young secretary Peggy, walking into the bathroom to freshen up, another young woman crying off in the corner. And it’s here that “Ladies Room” subtly tips its hand toward what the whole series is up to, because the character we’re meant to mirror Peggy with isn’t Joan or even the other young woman in the bathroom. Again, it’s all a little neat, in a way that Mad Men will get from time to time. Stray observations:

That’s what zhe said: As genders blur, language is rapidly adapting On January 8 the American Dialect Society announced “they” as its 2015 Word of the Year. Some may be surprised that the common pronoun beat out newcomers “on fleek” and “ammosexual.” But “they” didn’t win because of the way it’s traditionally been used as a plural pronoun. Rather, it won because of the way it’s being now applied as a gender-neutral, singular form that can be applied to either sex. It’s only the most recent example of how the English language, from titles to pronouns, is in the process of adapting to new cultural attitudes about gender. Mx-ing up titles To add a touch of formality when addressing people, courtesy titles continue to be used to signal politeness. Now there’s a similar movement to introduce a courtesy title that doesn’t specify sex at all: the gender-neutral “Mx.” Last year, Mx. was added to Finding a neutrality agreement Linguists call pronouns that can apply to either sex epicene pronouns. They be like As genders blur, so does language

The Period, Our Simplest Punctuation Mark, Has Become a Sign of Anger This is an unlikely heel turn in linguistics. In most written language, the period is a neutral way to mark a pause or complete a thought; but digital communications are turning it into something more aggressive. “Not long ago, my 17-year-old son noted that many of my texts to him seemed excessively assertive or even harsh, because I routinely used a period at the end,” Mark Liberman, a professor of linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, told me by email. How and why did the period get so pissed off? It might be feeling rejected. sorry about last nightnext time we can order little caesars Than I am to send a single punctuated message: I’m sorry about last night. And, because it seems begrudging, I would never type: sorry about last time we can order little caesars. “The unpunctuated, un-ended sentence is incredibly addicting,” said Choire Sicha, editor of the Awl. Other people probably just find line breaks more efficient. It’s a remarkable innovation.

Mad Men: “The Wheel” · TV Club “The Wheel” (season 1, episode 13; originally aired 10/18/2007) In which we feel the pain of an old wound (Available on Netflix.) There are no good photographs of me as a newborn. Don Draper wants a bit of that, too, I think, and maybe that’s why I relate to him so strongly. In most ways, “The Wheel” stands largely separate from the season. In his interview with Alan Sepinwall about the final season of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner says something that deeply informs the whole show, sure, but “The Wheel” in particular. Look at what’s probably the thing easiest to criticize here: Peggy Olsen has been carrying a child to term this whole time and has willingly deluded herself about its existence. “The Wheel” is Weiner’s directorial debut for the series, and he fills it with some very basic visual storytelling that’s hugely effective. Also notice how often in the episode he uses smoke to make things feel slightly askew. Stray observations:

The Kids Are ALL-CAPS Good Internet citizens are supposed to hate all-caps writing. It's shouty, it's misused. But it can also help solve a modern visual problem. Imagine "someone looking at a feed,” says the Canadian artist Alex McLeod, and wondering, “How can I stand out?” For a living, McLeod sells phantasmagoric prints and digital files through his website. Twitter is where he hones his online persona, by writing surrealist thoughts in all-caps to attract attention. There's a basic utility to the style. Weird Twitter -- the unofficial name for the willfully absurd slice of the platform McLeod aligns with -- is by definition hard to catalog. All-caps tweeters twist their humor differently. Perhaps understandably, writers from marginalized communities seem more inclined to amplify their words this way than others. When he wrote it, Hughes was facing the problem McLeod describes, of forcing an audience. Hughes’ only all-caps work came as a surprise. Offline, we celebrate the heft of capital letters.