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Old 02-06-2006, 01:19 PM
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What do you call that stick with a bag hanging off it that the iconic hobo has?

Millions,

Maybe that was a bad explanation in the title. But think of the generic, symbolic homeless guy. He has that long stick (maybe broom-handle sized) with a polka dot sack hanging off the end. You know. He slings it over his shoulder. I recall some cartoon bird may have had one of these too.

Anyway, if I'm making sense (which is questionable), what the hell do you call that thing?
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Old 02-06-2006, 01:20 PM
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I think I've seen or heard it as a "bindle."
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Old 02-06-2006, 01:25 PM
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Zeldar's got it. And the walking stick that supports the bindle is, logically enough, a "bindle stick".

All the hobo slang you'll ever need.
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Old 02-06-2006, 01:29 PM
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YES! Zeldar is my personal Cecil today.
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Old 02-06-2006, 01:30 PM
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And just because the Straight Dope is that kind of place, hobo chalk symbols:

http://slackaction.com/signroll.htm
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Old 02-06-2006, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Birdmonster
YES! Zeldar is my personal Cecil today.
You're just really lucky to name two things I happen to know without Google's help.

Got any questions about haiku or macrame'?

I also have a few opinions to spare if they're in need.
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Old 02-06-2006, 01:44 PM
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You could always write me a haiku about macrame. Then our bases would be throughly covered.
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Old 02-06-2006, 01:47 PM
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You could always write me a haiku about macrame. Then our bases would be throughly covered.
Vines on the cottage
Candlelight through the window
Dusty macrame'
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Old 02-06-2006, 01:54 PM
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Zeldar's got it. And the walking stick that supports the bindle is, logically enough, a "bindle stick".
And the hobo carrying a bindle stick is a bindlestiff.
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Old 02-06-2006, 02:01 PM
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Vines on the cottage
Candlelight through the window
Dusty macrame'
Basho surrenders.
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