hooker

The origin of this word for a prostitute is unknown. But while we don’t know the origin for sure, there are a couple likely explanations, the most likely being that it is simply a reference to the prostitute’s ability to snare, or hook, clients. And we do know for sure that the story of hooker being an eponym for a Civil War general is false.

The earliest appearance of the word is in Norman E. Eliason’s Tarheel Talk in a citation from 1845:

If he comes by way of Norfolk he will find any number of pretty Hookers in the Brick row not far from French’s hotel.1

Read the rest of the article...
Powered by ExpressionEngine
Copyright 1997-2014, by David Wilton