Saturday, August 23, 2008

Tuesday, August 23, 1927

Tuesday, August 23, 1927

Went to the dentist to have the impression made of my teeth for a partial plate in the upper jaw. Had to bring Albert to get him shoes so didn’t get to bum around like I wanted.


  1. "Bum around" was a phrase used in the 1920s?!?

  2. You made me curious and I found out that "bum" is an old word! says "to bum" was slang from the middle 1800's for going out drinking.

    Ruth frequently says she "felt bum" when fatigued and not well. I found a Great War Forum, with people contributing information, some from letters and Diaries. In one thread on food in the trenches, this entry caught my eye:

    (ackimzey @ Jan 27 2007, 11:38 PM) *
    Tony, below is a small excerpt from my great uncle Grover Carter's diary....thought you might enjoy reading the entries.

    June 28-29, 1918 – Nothing unusual except I am feeling bum. Very hot day. About 10 p.m. (29th) was bombarded with gas. We went to our dugouts. Got very little [gas]."

    And according to this Antique Car Club Slang Page , getting rid of someone by giving them the "bum's rush" was a common term.

    The car club probably didn't bother with "bumming around" since it shows up in song lyrics as far back as the early 1900's, all referring to hoboes riding the rails.

    Ruth probably just wanted to go shopping - too bad she missed her chance to go bumming around!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose