[PW] Sources for "Hooker" Etymythology
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Tue Mar 13 09:20:37 PDT 2018
If I had a hat, it would be off to you.
On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 6:46 PM, William Whalen <wandacanoe at gmail.com>
> 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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