Hooker

Hooker

British sailors got in the habit of referring to a particular prostitute as a “hooker”, indicating that although she had been around a while, she was still serviceable.

 

Origin: a “Hooker” was tubby little fishing boat favoured by the Dutch in the 18th century. Because they had long lifespans and were no-nonsense working boats they tended to look a bit shabby and “well-used”.

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