Loogie (1985)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Jul 5 16:55:05 UTC 2006

On 7/5/06, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC <Bill.Mullins at us.army.mil> wrote:
> > I've heard "hack a loogie" used as well.  My elementary
> > German teacher (a young grad student at UMass) would use that
> > phrase when instructing us how to pronounce the final "ch"
> > sound.  (He was an excellent teacher, by the way.)
>  And "hock a louie/loogie".  Thus morphing into a "hocker", as in "don't
> step on that hocker".

"Hock" and "hawk" are, of course, homonymous for speakers with the
cot/caught merger.

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