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All aboard! Chug-chug-chug-chug chug-chug-chug-chug. Curses! I’m only into words starting with ab and I’m already punch-drunk.

Silly though it may be, the “All aboard!” got me thinking. I take a few train rides a year and I can’t recall a conductor calling out “All aboard” except in the movies or on television. Did screenwriters make “All aboard” up or was it used in real-life, but conductors stopped calling it out before my already lengthy time?

So, what is that fictional conductor saying when he (it’s always a he in the movies, isn’t it?) calls out “all aboard?” He’s in effect saying, “if you’ve got a ticket for this train, get your sorry butt on here now because the train is about to leave the station.”

Jeez, I’m glad he shortened it. The train would leave late if he had to get all of that out.

Aboard isn’t just for trains. It can also mean being on a plane, ship or any other passenger conveyance.

Aboard also means alongside, but that definition doesn’t get much use and I’m tired, so I’m not going to expand on it here. And I don’t want to hear any complaining about me not giving it its due. So, if you were inclined to complain, please keep it to yourself.

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