A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 20, 2018
“What do you call a homeless woodwind?"/"A hoboe.”

An “oboe” (a woodwind instrument) should not be confused with a “hobo.” “Hoboe” (hobo + oboe) was entered in the Urban Dictionary on July 21, 2006.

“What is the woodwind instrument of choice for the homeless? The hoboe” was posted on Twitter by Simon Berry by April 5, 2012. “What do you call a woodwind instrument without a case? A HOBOE!” was posted on Twitter by Mickey Paul on April 20, 2013. “Today’s favorite out-of-context internet comment: ‘Is a hoboe a homeless woodwind instrument?’” was posted on Twitter by “person man, person man” on September 18, 2014.


Wikipedia: Oboe
Oboes (/ˈoʊboʊ/ OH-boh) are a family of double reed woodwind instruments. The most common oboe plays in the treble or soprano range. Oboes are usually made of wood, but there are also oboes made of synthetic materials.

Urban Dictionary
hoboe
n. An instrument generally featured in an orchestra that travels because its members do not maintain permanent addresses. Known for its many variations, this woodwind may be constructed of cardboard, cans, duct tape, soda bottles, newspaper, or any combination thereof. The key criterion is whether or not its tone is successful in separating passersby from extraneous coinage.
“There was a fine hoboe soloist on the corner of 83rd and 2nd last night.”
#hobo#oboe#tramp#bum#homeless#transient#neer-do-well#street people#classical music
by Oscar Wilder July 21, 2006

Twitter
Simon Berry
@SimoncBerry
What is the woodwind instrument of choice for the homeless? The hoboe.
11:06 AM - 5 Apr 2012

Twitter
Mickey Paul
@MuckyPaul
What do you call a woodwind instrument without a case? A HOBOE!
6:56 AM - 20 Apr 2013

Twitter
mike susz
@mikesusz
someday i want to ride the rails from town to town, playing a double-reed woodwind instrument. i’ll be a hoboe.
4:11 PM - 27 Aug 2014

Twitter
person man, person man
@daviddgoodwin
today’s favorite out-of-context internet comment: “Is a hoboe a homeless woodwind instrument?”
11:26 AM - 18 Sep 2014

Twitter
Bass Groomer
@Spivonomist
Homeless woodwind.
Hoboe
5:42 PM - 27 Nov 2015

Twitter
Molly Royals
@MollySlayor
“What do you call a homeless woodwind?”
“What?”
“A HOBOE”
“...”
“With an E at the end!”
“I got it.”
@TannerChilson
10:43 PM - 5 Apr 2017

Reddit—Dad Jokes
My woodwind instrument couldn’t afford to pay the rent. (self.dadjokes)
submitted August 20, 2018 by TommehBoi
Now it’s a Hoboe.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Monday, August 20, 2018 • Permalink