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In 1917, cars had only recently become common, and stepping out into traffic was dangerous. Back then, the term "jay" was slang for a hick, a country bumpkin. Bostonians with little tolerance for rural folk coined the term "jaywalker" to describe someone green to the ways of the city and modern traffic signals, someone impudent - or imprudent - enough to step in front of traffic. This impudent Blue Jay looks as if it might do whatever it wants.