Etymology is a hobby I like to dabble in. Any ideas where the word hobo came from? The only possibilities I can think of are:
-Homeless Boy - taking the first two letters of each word
-possibly from the illiterati - a bastardization of the word "bohemian"
Not that it matters much but I don't like to leave a word orphaned - can't recall finding a word or phrase that had so little to go on before.
Only theories. No solid answers.http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-hob1.htm