No mo' "ho ho ho"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 15 21:44:28 UTC 2007

Come on, now, y'all! Can it really be the case that all uses of [ho]
have shifted their primary meaning to that of the BE [ho], "whore," so
that the first meaning that enters a person's mind when he hears [ho]
or reads "Ho," "ho," etc. is "prostitute"? That's not even true of all
monodialectal speakers of BE!

Aw, wait a minute. I get it! Y'all jus' messin' wit me, right?


On 11/15/07, Doug Harris <cats22 at> wrote:
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> Well, now that you mention it:
> A not-unrelated thought occurred to me yesterday when I passed a business
> with a sign advertising it as "Ho Market". Now it is _possible_ that
> someone would draw the wrong conclusion and/or make 'funny' comments to
> an employee or the owner. There's also the chance that someone would have
> described a late Hawaiian singer's child (if he had one) as son/daughter
> of a Ho. And some such name-callers imagine, somehow, that the insult
> recipient never heard that taunt before. Go figure.
> (the other) doug
> Wilson wrote:
> Could it truly be the case that *anyone* could possible believe that
> women or children hearing a man in a Santa Clause costume saying "Ho!
> Ho! Ho!" would think that the man was using the BE term for
> "Prostitute! Prostitute! Prostitute!"? Y'all must be done lost y'all's
> minds.
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