Shoobie is New Jersey slang for a tourist who visits the seashore for a day (a daytripper) or summer-only residents. Shoobie is used in the Southern New Jersey coast (along with other parts of the east coast), and resort towns in California. The term "shoobie" originated in the late 1800s, and it derives from daytrippers taking the train to the New Jersey beach, with their ticket price including a boxed lunch packed in a shoe box. Later it was used to refer to anyone who brought a picnic lunch to the beach resorts. Either way, these daytrippers deprived local businesses of the revenue the tourists would have spent on food. Homeowners (whether year-round or seasonal) often walk to the beach barefoot or remove their shoes immediately upon reaching the sand. Similar terms are "Benny," which is mostly used in the resort towns of the Jersey Shore.
Shoobies are essentially a mixed blessing for local beach residents. They bring in enormous revenue during the summer months (less so if they bring their own food), but at the same time they add numerous obstacles and annoyances to day-to-day life. In that sense, shoobies are not unlike the tourists who visit any resort area.
Representation in other media
The term has also been mentioned frequently on the Nickelodeon show Rocket Power. The term is also used to describe "day-trippers" on Nantucket Island. Slightly Stoopid and Toko Tasi recorded a song "Shoobie", which appears on Slightly Stoopid's EP entitled Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid.
- Zimmer, Ben (5 August 2010). "Beach-Blanket Lingo". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- Ravo, Nick. " THE TALK OF LONG BEACH ISLAND; FOR EARLY TOURISTS, A TEPID WELCOME AT JERSEY RESORT", The New York Times, February 16, 1987. Accessed April 4, 2008. "Shoobie is a name Long Beach Island residents attach to tourists, usually those from Philadelphia and the New York metropolitan region. The name is derived, local residents said, from day-trippers of decades ago who visited the island and brought their lunch in shoe boxes."