hocking loogies

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Oct 13 12:25:45 UTC 2011

Those of us who still pronounce "open o's" recognize that the customary spelling of the gerund is "hawking," which corresponds with OED's "hawk" v.3.


From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Benjamin Barrett [gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM]
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 2:14 AM

I don't see this in the OED. Is there another way to express the action of gathering in the nose the mucus required to make a solid mass, surrounded by liquid, in preparation for spitting?

The Columnist Manifesto wonders whether it makes sense to have a standardized spelling for this (http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:FgAD879HGuQJ:thecolumnistmanifesto.blogspot.com/2005/07/how-do-you-spell-loogie.html+%22hock+a+loogie%22&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us).

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

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