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The Hieroglyphics of Vagabonds

February 12th, 2013 · Comments Off on The Hieroglyphics of Vagabonds

Last summer we marveled at the complexity of hobo pictographs, which we took to be a uniquely American phenomenon. But as this 1872 dictionary of slang from London makes clear, the tradition of wordless transient communication traces back to the Old World. In decidedly non-PC language, the author argues that this code was created by […]


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