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Thread #59418   Message #2149087
Posted By: Amos
14-Sep-07 - 10:18 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
I don't think there is any such noun. In my dictionary, Ho! is what is properly called an ejaculation, teenieboppers, like it or not. It is inserted into sentences or calls, etc. to accentuate rhythm for shared effort such as in running up a heavy squaresail: "Heave-ho! We're bound for South Australia...". Or, it is inserted as a challenge, announcement, or greeting: "What ho, varlet!?" "Laaaand-ho!! Laaand-ho!" SOmetimes, it is used as nonsense syllable to facilitate rhymes: "Hi ho! Hi ho! It's off to work we go!"

It is true that in some other languages such as Ebonics, the word is used as a slang contraction for 'whore' by those who are too lazy, dull, or maladroit to say one full syllable correctly, but really. We are speaking English here.