[PW] Sources for "Hooker" Etymythology
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Mon Mar 12 15:46:21 PDT 2018
Mathews DICTIONARY OF AMERICANISMS: "1859 Bartlett 201 *Hooker*. a
strumpet, a sailor's trull. So called from the number of houses of
ill-fame frequented by sailors at the Hook (i.e. Corlear's Hook) in the
city of New York."
Berrey & Van Den Bark THE AMERICAN THESAURUS OF SLANG 47.6 "TENDERLOIN OR
VICE DISTRICT. .....Hook Alley..." (but no date indicated...)
And -- oh, by the way -- the narrator in MOBY DICK (1851; Harper Bros.)
(you can call him Ishmael) mentions Corlear's Hook in his description of
Manhattan. He doesn't mention seeing any hookers.
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