Sunday, 1 February 2009

Time for the hoon-word

Thanks to the commentators on Guido Fawkes' blog, 'hoon' may enter the Oxford English Dictionary by the time the Olympics are here. The terminally useless ex-Defence Secretary and current Transport Secretary may be one of the few politicians who will leave office having made a lasting contribution to British culture.

Take this concluding para in a Times story today:
A close friend said: “You get these sorts of issues in any organisation. But it’s bollocks to say Robert promoted people because they were his friends. He’s promoted people who are complete c***s.”
Now how much better and easier would it read with the h-word:
A close friend said: “You get these sorts of issues in any organisation. But it’s bollocks to say Robert promoted people because they were his friends. He’s promoted people who are complete hoons.”
A word whose time has come.

4 comments:

Scrobs said...

Well, its already in my Chambers Dictionary, but I didn't realise that Aussies call pimps 'Hoons'!

Have to Tippex out that bit now I suppose...

Chris said...

I thought it was already synonymous with the word 'yahoo', as in "brawling, drunken Irish yahoo/hoon".

Anonymous said...

In Australia it seems to be associated with young men full of alcohol driving their cars in showy and dangerous manners.
thus sayeth rupert Murdoch and his Herald.

Anonymous said...

Indeed, it is already in the OED (at least the online edition), in the Antipodean sense and in another.