Date: Thu, 9 Jan 1997 11:05:21 -0500


Subject: horked off

On Tue, 7 Jan 1997, Bethany K. Dumas wrote:

On another list, someone posted the ff.:

We had our own three cats when my daughter landed us with the three

brother cats she had found as kittens in the Minnesota woods. You can

believe our three were pretty horked off, ...


The term "horked off" is new to me. Anyone else know it? (I don't have

DARE here.)

I've heard "hork" used often in Northwest Florida and southern Alabama,

especially among Cajun commercial fishermen along the Gulf Coast, to mean "to

vomit." "Boudreau horked his grits." I've also heard it used (with and

without "off") in the general population in that area to mean "angrily upset."

I don't recall hearing either term before the mid-seventies. I haven't heard

either in NYC, though.

George Donahue