A Hooter Hub

This Hub is not about the restaurant, and in fact has nothing to do with breasts nor owls. In this Hub, a hooter, as my sister explained, is more like a "whatca-ma-call-it". My brother-in-law from South Carolina uses "hooter" to refer to...well....everything.

Sometimes it's a noun, as in "hand me that hooter."

Sometimes it's a verb, as in "let's hooter it up" (translation, let's get the fire started.)

Everyone always understands exactly what Bobby is talking about when he says "hooter." I've noticed my sister "hooters" a little bit now, too. I only get to see Bobby a few times a year, so "hooter" is not a natural part of my vocabulary. I haven't grasped the nuances, apparently.

Hooters Cookbook


We were all together recently for Preddyfest, an annual Bluegrass festival in North Carolina. After discussing the fact that hooter could mean anything, and after Bobby pointed out that everyone always knows what hooter means, I decided to try it. I asked Bobby to "pass me that hooter." I don't remember what I wanted now. Bug spray? A beer? I just remember Bobby didn't know what I was talking about.

I will probably have to leave the hootering to my sister and Bobby.


I've spent (wasted?) quite a bit of time researching "hooter" while writing this hub. I found the following line

  • To say thet I didn't abate not a hooter

in the middle of quite a long poem that I haven't had the time or energy to figure out. The poem is from The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell.

I found a drink called a Purple Hooter. I like purple, so I think next time I see Bobby I might try to make some of these.

I was trying to avoid breast references in this hub, but the funniest discovery of my morning are the Hooter Hider Nursing Covers for "Chic Mothers". The website claims "These Award-Winning Nursing Covers are sought out by nursing mothers everywhere." How did I survive breastfeeding without them?

At youtube in a comment for The Hooters - And We Danced,bsoo76 says, "Remember the mouth organ/harmonica that was played in the beginning and end of the song? Well, it's called a melodica, but it's also nicknamed a Hooter." Wikipedia confirms that The Hooters take their name from the instrument.

The melodica is a reed instrument also known as pocket piano, blow accordion, melodeon, diamonica, melodyhorn, wind piano, keyboard harmonica, pianica, cassotto. My sister is always learning to play new instruments, so I'm sure she will enjoy this part of my discovery.

I think Bobby is correct, hooter can mean anything, even if Merriam-Webster is rather limited in it's definition.

The Hooters - 500 miles

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DonnaCSmith 8 years ago from Central North Carolina

Does anyone else in SC say, "Hooter it up?" I have wondered.

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CJStone 8 years ago from Whitstable, UK

In England a hooter is a very large nose. A punch on the nose could be a smack on the hooter. Also it can be used for a car horn, as in "to bib your hooter": to blow your horn. I like the South Carolina use of it though. I might even find a way of slipping it into conversation one day.

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dineane 8 years ago from North Carolina Author

I love hearing the ways we use words differently than the British! I hope someone from SC will comment. I haven't met anyone else--even in Bobby's circle of friends--that uses hooter the way he does though.

obxdeborah 8 years ago

It is not a South Carolina thing; just a Bobby thing. However, you will run across a few around Orangeburge and Bluffton that have picked it up from Bobby. I don't know where he got it from. I've known him for 8 years and he has always said Hooter and most women his age or younger are "Chickie Babies". This used to drive some of my friends crazy. They found it offensive but just like the hooters, you get used to it.

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Rob Jundt 8 years ago from Midwest USA

The band, The Hooters, were great for one album at least. Memories of the mid 80s are ringing true.

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DonnaCSmith 8 years ago from Central North Carolina

I thought you were the only Chickie Babe, Deborah!

obxdeborah 8 years ago

The Hooter-Miester says, "Tah, Tah:) "

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dineane 8 years ago from North Carolina Author

Tell the Hooter-Miester thanks for reading!

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Veronica 8 years ago from NY

Very interesting. I like the concept of using hooter for whatchmacallits.

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dineane 8 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks, Veronica! I like the idea too, even if I can't seem to work it into my own converstaions :)

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