If one day you decide to forsake conventional life and run away with a carnival, one of the first things you'll notice is that you don't understand a lot of what is being said. Often persons just hired to a carnival crew aren't even called by name until they have made the jump, or traveled to a new location, at least once. In a subculture with such transient population, newcomers are mere first o'May, wing nuts or often simply green help.
"Carnival Speech: Making the Jump,"
Word Ways: Vol. 23
, Article 9.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol23/iss1/9