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What’d you call me?!?!

March 31, 2010

Straphanger!

You heard me, I called you a straphanger.

Straphanger is a nickname given to commuters on public transit.  It originates from the late 1800s and stems from folks standing on the subway or bus, hanging on to the straps overhead.  For you young’ens, those are now metal bars, except for some of the Atlantic Station shuttles, they still have straps.

“No sane man,” said a North-sider yesterday who has been a strap-hanger for years, “expects the street car lines to furnish seats for every passenger during the rush hour morning and evening.” Chicago Daily Tribune, 22 Feb 1896.

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