"hook up with"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Jan 17 15:21:18 UTC 2013

On Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 7:19 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> As HDAS shows, "hook up with" originally meant simply to meet, join with,
> etc.
> Nowadays, of course, that  immediately leads to wild sex, but in the past
> it didn't.

Young viewers of the Beatles movie "Yellow Submarine" may get the
wrong idea when the cartoon version of John Lennon says to the
defeated Blue Meanies, "Hullo there, blue people! Won't you join us,
hook up, and otherwise co-mingle?"


Ben Zimmer

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