Gordon Cadden wrote:NickFaulks wrote:Gordon Cadden wrote:John Healy was a vagrant
Isn't that racial abuse nowadays?
Would you prefer gentleman of the road, or hobo ?
'Hobo' is American English.
British English 'tramp' is more common here, or used to be, than 'vagrant'.
[Note that in American parlance a 'tramp' is a loose woman.]
As for "gentlemen of the road" that term was originally coined for mounted highwaymen.
The socially inferior infantry of the criminal fraternity were called 'footpads'.