Easy rider (slang)

Easy Rider (Slang)

Easy rider (slang)

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Easy rider is an arcane United States slang expression whose meaning has varied with time.



Easy rider originally meant an expert horseman or a horse that was easy to ride.Harris, Sullivan D. (ed.), The Ohio Cultivator, Columbus, Ohio, XIV:19 (October 1, 1858) p. 298: "With these hints as a basis, we presume our equestrian frineds will do the same and with these remarks we dismiss the subject; for if the rider have not instinct of horse sense, no drumming upon principles and theories will ever make him an easy rider or a skillful horseman."Tobie, Edward Parsons, History of the First Maine Cavalry, 1861-1865, Boston: Press of Emery & Hughes (1887) p. 443: "She was a trotter and an easy rider, and it just did him good to see the boys look at him and admire the horse as he rode by, and he was justified in enjoying this, also."


In the early 1900s the term took on the meaning of freeloader as found in the old song "We Don't Care What Mr. Crump Don't Allow", based on "We Don't Care What Mama Don't Allow":
Mr. Crump won't 'low no easy riders here,
Mr. Crump won't 'low no easy riders here,
We don't care what Mr. Crump don't 'low,
We goin' to bar'l-house anyhow—
Mr. Crump can go and catch hisself some air!

To the easily tittilated, the term referred to a woman who had liberal sexual views, had been married more than once, or someone skilled at sex. The...
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