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spange +‎ -er (person who does), root blend of spare +‎ change, from stereotyped phrase “spare change?”, “spare any change?”


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spanger (plural spangers)

  1. (US, slang, derogatory) beggar, one who uses the phrase “spare change?”
    • 2007, Pam Hogeweide, Spangers and Song on Hawthorne:[1]
      I squatted down on the sidewalk to get eye level with the spanger (someone who asks passerbys for spare change).

Usage notes[edit]

While sometimes used neutrally,[1] more often used pejoratively,[2][3][4][5] with connotations of professional begging.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Spangers and Song on Hawthorne, by Pam Hogeweide, November 2007
  2. ^ The Plague of Professional Panhandling, August 26, 2008, by Steven Malanga, The Dallas Morning News
  3. ^ Panhandlers More Often Pros Than Cons: It's a full-time gig for some, and cities make little headway with efforts to stop begging, by Kate Schwartz, Newster, Sep 22, 2008
  4. ^ What can we do about spangers?, The Portland Mercury, Questionland
  5. ^ Atlanta ‘Giving Meters’ Program off to Slow Start, by Jay Black, WSB News, March 28, 2009