Talk:hooker

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Etymology[edit]

The term was in use before the US Civil War. The sources are simply repeating a tired old folk etymology. DCDuring TALK 14:36, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

(I put this section up here because I can't add anything below the references...) Well, wouldn't it be worth considering a link with hawker, huckster, etc.? They suit the sense perfectly. And probably they have been considered, haven't they? Compare also the more original German hökern. Kolmiel (talk) 12:25, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Spurious Etymology 2[edit]

From the prostitutes amongst the camp followers of General Joseph Hooker's army during the American Civil War. Hooker was tolerant of them being around, and tried to control them. These were referred to as "Hooker's Brigade", which became "Hooker's girls", and shortened to just "hooker".[1][2][3][4][5][6]

  1. ^ Sonoma News, "Fighting Joe Hooker and the Hooker Brigade", Gerald Hill, 31 May 2011
  2. ^ Florida Reenactors Online, "The 1860's Lady", Fredricka Zimmerman
  3. ^ Splash Magazine, "Valentine's Day Gift Idea: Give Your Beloved a Legal Hooker", Lanee Lee
  4. ^ Lee J. Butts, "Texas Bad Girls", Taylor Trade Publications, 2000, ISBN 9781461662228; chapter 5
  5. ^ Carl Fors, "Hens: Why Women Are Different", Infinity Publishing, 2006, ISBN 9780741429544; pp.211
  6. ^ Cynthia H. Enloe, "Maneuvers", University of California Press, 2000, ISBN 9780520220713; pp.55