+1Rosier said:All of the acronyms and definitions for 'squid' you will hear were created to fit the term long after it was already in use.* No one really knows where it came from.
When I used to read Usenet motorcycle groups 7 or 8 years ago this question would come up all of the time. I rember one thread lead to some very in-depth discussions and research but nothing close to a source was found. Most of the acronyms and stuff were traced back to the '80s but there were people who had heard the term decades earlier before these "definitions" were made up.
On the way home from the Moto GP we drove through Hollister. I tried to explain the whole "Wild One" thing to my wife, who, as usual, just smiled and nodded. If you'd just spent the last few years as a member of a bomber crew or storming beaches in the South Pacific, I'd imagine that motorcyling would have been about the only thing that wasn't boring in the postwar period...Rosier said:I knew that 'squid' as slang for a sailor pre-dated it's motorcyclist usage but I was suprised to learn that some people remember it being used for motorcylists all the way back to possibly the 50's. Later I read an article about how many biker gangs had been started by WWII Vets and I just put 2 and 2 together.