In order to answer the question why are prostitutes called hookers, I’ve asked one or two of the ladies (and their visitors) if they knew. Here are some of the interesting answers and theories as to why prostitutes are called hookers.
The response right after the answer is also that the ladies do not like to be called a ‘hooker’. They prefer prostitute or sex worker. Or lady, which I use.
“We hook you with our love, so that is why.” – Shari
This makes sense since in Dutch Amsterdam dialect ‘Pezen‘ means working hard. Which they do, to make you come back and spend more. But I couldn’t find any liguistic proof anywhere ont he interwebs.
“There was an Army person long time ago who’s last name was Hooker and he and his soldier friends visited a lot of prostitutes during a war.” – Maria
This is my personal favorite because it seems so weird. But, she didn’t just make it up! Evidence claims it is an untrue story, but it is a story that is going around for ages.
“I have no idea, could it be because it looks like they are fishing for men on the streets?” – Rob
And when they bite… 😉
“I thought it is because some of us also work on the corner of the streets and the old word for corner is hook.” – Samantha
Believable right? And at first I couldn’t find any proof of this word being used as corner in the English language. In Dutch the word for corner is ‘hoek’ but then again, hooker in Dutch is ‘hoer’ so that didn’t make any sense to me.
But then I bumped into this:
Hoek degenerated to hook and thus the word hooker was born.
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