“Streets” Christianese—the Christianese of hoboes and the homeless

Streets Christianese is what I’m calling the Christian slang used by homeless folks, hoboes, tramps, and other assorted folk who tend to stay on the move (and often out of sight). Many of the streets terms I’ve collected so far are sort of historical, many originating from back in the 1920s and 1930s when widespread unemployment and homelessness were big issues.

All the bold terms in this short article are defined in the Dictionary. How many of them can you figure out? Can you at least guess who Jerusalem Slim refers to?