Hitch-hiking in The Glasgow Herald
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The second earliest traceable use of the word "hitch-hike" appears in a 1927 issue of The Glasgow Herald. An American reader submitted a letter to the Herald describing a new word which had appeared in American English, namely "hitchhiker". Alas the letter was described by the Herald in a regular column called the Casual Column, which was just that, casual. It was a column that consisted of odd paragraphs and snippets of information not related in any particular way, and with no author confessed anywhere in the paper. It was presumebly put together by the editorial staff. The American reader is neither identified, nor quoted, merely alluded to, and we can only harbour the feint hope, that somewhere in the bowels of the Herald's archives, or personal records of the editor of the time, said letter may still be found someday. That is a task however that I've not pursued yet.

The Glasgow Herald Tuesday September 6th 1927

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AMERICA, which is the melting-pot not only of races but of colloquial English, has produced not a few startling words and phrases. While we admire many examples from this characteristic mint for their picturesque oddity, wit, and general applicability to the purpose, the coinage is obviously only for national circulation and is not likely to pass for currency even in the later editions of Murray's dictionary. The bootlegger and his predatory enemy the hijacker are instances of the purely indigenous American word. The hobo has been rivalled (so an American correspondent informs us) by the hitchhiker, which is the latest curiosity born out of the linguistic genius of the Yankee. The hobo, long familiar to readers of fiction and social investigators, stole rides from one end of the continent to the other on freight trains. The hitchhiker, with the same passion for free travel, indulges it at the expense of the motorist. There are apparently hitchhikers in the United States, who boast they can travel 500 miles free of charge without walking more than 10. The importuning of the motorist is evidently a highly organised and skilful business. So long as it is possible to travel 25 miles for twopence by tramcar, as in Glasgow, there seems no danger, however, of the movement developing in this part of Scotland. 
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