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. 


Wearing a Jaybird

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