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What is that thing called? [Jun. 25th, 2005|09:32 am]
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On State Street, across from ColdStone... not sure which streets it's inbetween, you can exit the sidewalk into a little area with benches and there's usually guys asking for change (beggars is so 1851... can't think of today's common term for the act of asking for change). What would you call that area? There's got to be some kind of term for it. Something of a patio, but I don't think that's it. Any help would be appreciated.
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[User Picture]From: hagbard23
2005-06-25 02:56 pm (UTC)
The official name is Peace Park, I think...though it's also been called Concrete Park.

Also, the act of asking for change is "spanging" (from spare and change).
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[User Picture]From: navik
2005-06-27 01:18 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks.
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[User Picture]From: blchandler
2005-06-25 02:56 pm (UTC)
Is the area a part of some property, or is it more like a public square kind of space?

Also, the change-askers are usually called panhandlers these days, though beggars is so much more delightfully degrading.
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[User Picture]From: navik
2005-06-27 01:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, panhandling was the word I was trying to think of. Actually, I did think of it, but I've recently been watching Deadwood and they've been looking for gold, and for some reason I thought that was panhandling. Which it isn't, so what's that? Isn't it pan something?
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[User Picture]From: blchandler
2005-06-27 03:27 am (UTC)
I believe that's called "panning for gold".
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[User Picture]From: idiosyncrarchy
2005-06-27 04:50 am (UTC)
I suppose the terms could be akin to one another. "panning for gold" with one's "hand"? Or maybe the term started in Florida...
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[User Picture]From: navik
2005-06-27 10:56 am (UTC)
Maybe someone with the OED could post the etymology of panhandling?
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[User Picture]From: epidiah
2005-06-27 08:40 pm (UTC)
Perhaps someone who didn't lose their OED install disk around the time their harddrive crashed.

Stupid computers.

On a related note, buskers are the sort of panhandlers that perform for change--an act called busking. I love that word.
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