[PW] Sources for "Hooker" Etymythology

brian whatcott betwys1 at sbcglobal.net
Tue Mar 13 09:07:16 PDT 2018


Now THAT'S what I call an answer!   :-)

Brian W

On 3/12/2018 5:46 PM, William Whalen wrote:
> 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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