Hang a Louie

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Oct 1 15:18:19 UTC 2002

On Tue, 1 Oct 2002, Michael Quinion wrote:

> Here's one that should be right up the street of many people on this
> list. Query from a subscriber: "I've heard the term 'hang a Louie'
> (mainly from New York cabbies) for 'turn left', but I've never heard
> the corresponding one for 'turn right'.  Is there one?"

I heard "hang a louie" and "hang a rooie" in the early 1970s from a Long
Island native.

Fred Shapiro

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