Frisco Beat: Home of the Hoodlum

Hoodlum

I’m always interested in slang, and one tidbit I picked up somewhere is that the term “hoodlum” originated in San Francisco — seems like it should have jumped to life in Brooklyn, or the London slums, but no. Right here.

Tony Oertel just popped in a link to some very thorough background on those origins, including a mastermind nicknamed Fagin (for you Charles Dickens fans, and who isn’t?). Cites for contemporary newspaper articles. Maps.

If you also like that sort of thing, as usual knock yourself out.

This entry was posted in Frisco and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.