One thought on ““Hoodlum”, “Hood”, Hoodie”: A Bit Of Etymology

  1. Another meaning for “hood”, is the guy on a cattle round-up that watches over the horses during the night. The wagon he rides in was known as a “hoodlum wagon”, which etymology I cannot discover. It might be simply an embellishment of the word with the 1866 term. But, why was the horse minded called a “hood”? They all wore hats. Maybe it was his wagon that was covered. Maybe “covered wagon” sounded too greenhorn, and so “hoodlum wagon” became popular. Coincidentally, the first chuckwagon was sold in 1866 as well. There had been mobile kitchens, but the standard design that was known on the big cattle drives comes from 1866.

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