[PW] Sources for "Hooker" Etymythology
rkokelly at gmail.com
Mon Mar 12 08:13:14 PDT 2018
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.
On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 11:01 AM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>
> 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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