[PW] Sources for "Hooker" Etymythology

Kevin O'Kelly rkokelly at gmail.com
Mon Mar 12 08:13:14 PDT 2018


Fred:

I know the term predates the Civil War. Eliason's *TarHeel Talk* notes the
use of the term as early as 1845, according to the *OED*.

I'm sorry I can't be more helpful.

Kevin

On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 11:01 AM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>
wrote:

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>
> There is a popular apocryphal etymology of the word "hooker" denoting a
> prostitute, deriving the term from Civil War general Joe Hooker.  I need to
> find some of the more prominent books or other sources espousing this
> etymythology.  Can anyone point me to such sources?
>
>
> Fred Shapiro
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