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Thursday, May 4, 2017
The Origin of Common Expressions, No. 24, Jaywalking
Meaning: One who crosses the
street in a reckless or illegal manner.
History: Jay birds that traveled outside of the forest into urban
areas often became confused and unaware of the potential dangers in the city - like
traffic. Amused by their erratic behavior, people began using the term
“Jaywalker” to describe someone who crossed the street irresponsibly.