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Where did the term jaywalking come from?

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Where did the term jaywalking come from?
Experts think it came about at the time automobiles were gaining in popularity in cities. In 1917, jay was a common slang word for hick, or, more kindly, a person inexperienced in the ways of the big city. Consequently, a jaywalker was somebody who was clueless about those newfangled traffic signals telling people when they could and couldn’t walk.

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