Grits and Tamales

Life in the Deep South, by Gabriel Aguilera

On the Origins of “Hooker”

On the origins of “Hooker”

From Shelby Foote:

“According to this son of the ambassador to England, the new commander was “a noisy, low-toned intriguer under whose influence army headquarters became “a place to which no self-respecting man liked to go, and no decent woman could go. It was a combination of barroom and brothel.” Young Adams’ own “tone” was exceptionally high, which made him something less than tolerant of the weakness of others- particularly the weaknesses of the flesh, from which he himself apparently was exempt – but in support of at least a part of the accusation was the fact that, from this time on, the general’s surname entered the language as one of the many lowercase slang words for prostitute.”

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