The origin of the word, Hobo
Research says hobos are workers who wander and JRR Tolkien says all who wander are not lost.
While entomologists cannot conclusively pinpoint the origin of the word hobo, there are some educated suggestions such as a reference to a farm hand known as a hoe-boy. (boring..sniff) Another guestimate is from a common railroad greeting of "ho beau" (meaning "hey, good looking" - we liked that one) or even a syllabic abbreviation for homeward bound... (kind of warm and fuzzy - we liked that one too).
While the terminology is fuzzy, the definition was never. A hobo was a migratory worker who often rode the rails between longish vacations and jobs. They were recognized for combining work with their desire to travel. There were tramps as well and they rode the rails too, but rarely sought work. Then there was the lonely bums who did neither and evaded both work and travel.
Great story... sets the tone…and emerging from this wanderlust era, a universal language for hobos. With many unable to read, hobo communication through symbolism became the norm. It is upon this norm from which we draw our purpose. With contemporary icons guiding our daily lives to click this and click that, we've reached back through time to let the symbols (icons) of the past tell our stories of today. No clicks necessary.
In short, anyone with a spirit of adventure...
Hobos both worked and traveled, tramps just traveled, and bums did neither.
Yes, there are even hobos today - and they range from tradesmen such as bricklayers, carpenters, painters, machinists, to the more professional such as lawyers, doctors, professors, even architects.
All are travelers - over the surface or either of the earth, or in the mind and its hinterlands. In short, anyone with a spirit of adventure...
“In short, anyone with a spirit of adventure.”