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Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?

 
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Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
What does it mean wtf
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
Got the name during the American civil war. General Hooker's camp followers.

Google it.
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
Because in the Civil War, General Hooker and his troops were stationed in Washington DC to guard it, and there wasn't anything going on, except to drink and go with the bad girls. The women who were there to do business with the soldiers were called General Hooker's Girls, Hooker's Girls, then hookers.
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
Got the name during the American civil war. General Hooker's camp followers.

Google it.
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Well, technically you beat me, but our post times were the same :-)

Glad someone knows these important facts! lol
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
Derived from British slang for criminal that uses a hook.
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
you fuckin losers why not just quote urbandictionary when thats where you got it from instead of putting it in your own words to make yourself look smart when your really a dumb fuck
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
Because in the Civil War, General Hooker and his troops were stationed in Washington DC to guard it, and there wasn't anything going on, except to drink and go with the bad girls. The women who were there to do business with the soldiers were called General Hooker's Girls, Hooker's Girls, then hookers.
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
Got the name during the American civil war. General Hooker's camp followers.

Google it.

Well, technically you beat me, but our post times were the same :-)

Glad someone knows these important facts! lol
 Quoting: mercury2

That's why I kept it short, I expected 10 naswers in the 1st minute.

hf
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
you fuckin losers why not just quote urbandictionary when thats where you got it from instead of putting it in your own words to make yourself look smart when your really a dumb fuck
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Hooker has been a word since 1592. A stupid fuck thinks the term started during the Civil War.
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
you fuckin losers why not just quote urbandictionary when thats where you got it from instead of putting it in your own words to make yourself look smart when your really a dumb fuck
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Don't need urban dictionary for common knowledge.

Asshat!
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
you fuckin losers why not just quote urbandictionary when thats where you got it from instead of putting it in your own words to make yourself look smart when your really a dumb fuck
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Right, "urbandictionary", whatever that is, is that where you go when people use big words around you? Lowbrow.
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
Got the name during the American civil war. General Hooker's camp followers.

Google it.

Well, technically you beat me, but our post times were the same :-)

Glad someone knows these important facts! lol

That's why I kept it short, I expected 10 naswers in the 1st minute.

hf
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You're good at this! chuckle
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
hooker
"prostitute," often traced to the disreputable morals of the Army of the Potomac (American Civil War) under the tenure of Gen. "Fighting Joe" Hooker (1863), and the word probably was popularized by this association at that time. But it is said to have been in use in North Carolina c.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."). One theory traces it to Corlear's Hook, a disreputable section of New York City. Perhaps related to hooker "thief, pickpocket" (1567), but most likely an allusion to prostitutes hooking or snaring clients. Hook in the figurative sense of "that by which anyone is attracted or caught" is recorded from 1430; and hook (v.) in the figurative sense of "catch hold of and draw in" is attested from 1577; in reference to "fishing" for a husband or a wife, it was in common use from c.1800. All of which makes the modern sense seem a natural step. The family name Hooker (attested from c.975 C.E.) would mean "maker of hooks," or else refer to an agricultural laborer who used a hook (cf. O.E. weodhoc "weed-hook").

hook
O.E. hoc, perhaps related to O.E. haca "bolt," from P.Gmc. *khokaz/*khakan- (cf. Du. haak, Ger. Haken "hook"), from PIE *keg- "bent object" (cf. Rus. kogot "claw"). For spelling, see hood. Boxing sense of "short, swinging blow with the elbow bent" is from 1898. Fig. sense was in M.E. (see hooker); hooked "addicted" is from 1925, originally in ref. to narcotics. By hook or by crook (c.1380) probably alludes to tools of professional thieves. Hook, line, and sinker "completely" is 1838, a metaphor from angling.

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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
you fuckin losers why not just quote urbandictionary when thats where you got it from instead of putting it in your own words to make yourself look smart when your really a dumb fuck
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let me guess... you had just gone to urbandictionary to find out.


And you're calling them dumb fucks?
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
What does it mean wtf
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ask your mom chuckle,, couldn't resist , to easy
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
There are two common theories about the origin of the word "hooker":

1)it's a slang term derived from the word "ho", which was originally used by early east coast settlers to describe prostitutes

2)it is originally evolved from a cajun dialectical variance of the word "hooters"
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
from wikipedia:
There is a popular legend that the slang term for prostitutes is derived from his last name because of parties and a lack of military discipline at his headquarters. Some versions of the legend claim that the band of prostitutes that followed his division were derisively referred to as "General Hooker's Army" or "Hooker's Brigade." However, the term "hooker" was used in print as early as 1845, years before Hooker was a public figure. The prevalence of the Hooker legend may have been at least partly responsible for the popularity of the term.
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
you fuckin losers why not just quote urbandictionary when thats where you got it from instead of putting it in your own words to make yourself look smart when your really a dumb fuck


let me guess... you had just gone to urbandictionary to find out.


And you're calling them dumb fucks?
 Quoting: The Psychedelic Magi


knowing some bullshit trivia like "what does hooker mean?" is pointless. and the people who reply thinking theyre righteous for helping out is even more pointless. WHO GIVES A FUCK
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
what happens when you have sex with a hooker?


how long does it last?


does she participate or remain motionless?


how does it compare to real sex with a normal partner?
The Psychedelic Magi

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01/26/2009 06:23 PM
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Re: Why are prostitutes called 'hookers'?
knowing some bullshit trivia like "what does hooker mean?" is pointless. and the people who reply thinking theyre righteous for helping out is even more pointless. WHO GIVES A FUCK
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 596830


Alright, now there is a reasonable response... Why the fuck did you wait until now for it, instead of using it as your first reply?

(btw, yes, i'm in asshole troll mode)
I WILL NOT let consequences dictate my course of action!

A.K.A - Aresh, Awakened Me, An Ominous Coward (Howard), The Goddess Pandora, Aumon Haht Fith Ashai, Within The Flower and a few others...
------------------------------------

In all things, i am flowing back thru and in and out, within and without and beyond them.

This is the Cosm. This is both I and You.

I am the Truth, and I am the Lie - I am the very spark of the Divine!


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as soon as you even go near these things your ego knows what it is.. its all like "what ya gonna do with that?" "Hope you not gonna take it" "cause i will throw myself down on the floor and scratch, claw and bite and tantrum" - Kyuubi


"the gift of love makes much more sense than frankincense gold and myrhh" - Only Me

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