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#146609 08/22/05 03:08 AM
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So, I'm reading a paper from the land of Oz, and the lead story is about the problem the local community is having with hoon drivers. The article uses the term in several ways, all referring to speeders and otherwise careless drivers. From the context, I discerned that the term meant "loutish", and I confirmed that meaning in the online compact Oxford English Dictionary. But the entry is very sparse, just:

noun a lout.

verb behave like a lout.

ORIGIN of unknown origin


Does anyone know more about this term?



#146610 08/22/05 03:36 AM
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Can't help much, but the Australian Wordmap offers this
http://snipurl.com/h4d1-mq42

The word is VERY common on the sentient side of the Tasman, too.

Here's another link that doesn't really help, either:

http://au.messages.yahoo.com/news/top-stories/7713?p=4

#146611 08/22/05 04:56 AM
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Yes v common in Oz, as in "bunch of hoons". Also used as verb, eg. "hooning about". Yobs is closest equivalent term.

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#146612 08/22/05 05:11 AM
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hoon
(n & v) lout; show-off; reckless driver; behave recklessly - "stop hooning around".

A recent example of the use of this word was in an article in "The Sunday Age" on 17 October 2004. The headline read, "Plans to seize hoons' cars". The article gave the following examples of "hoon driving behaviour": "excess noise, illegal street racing, refusal to leave a public place, exhibitions of acceleration and burn-outs". The article also referred to a "dob in a hoon" telephone hotline - two Aussie words in one go!

http://ozlip.lexigame.com/ozdict.html#hoon

#146613 08/22/05 09:31 AM
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> Yes v common in Oz, as in "bunch of hoons". Also used as verb, eg. "hooning about". Yobs is closest equivalent term.

A more popular term in WA is 'bogan' - means pretty much the same thing, I think; though 'hoon' is more well known. It is pretty closely associated with people driving in cars - usually souped-up Holdens or Commodores. These people get their kicks from slowing down to shout obscenities at women and men alike and then speed away, spinning wheels. In that sense, they are very different to road rage drivers, who are just aggressive people getting from A to B and don't annoy pedestrians and motorists as a pastime!


#146614 08/22/05 10:46 AM
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And they all ended up at the same university. Who knew?



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#146615 08/22/05 11:19 AM
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hood + goon?



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#146616 08/22/05 01:48 PM
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Ted: hoon you, too!


#146617 08/22/05 07:00 PM
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The map is very cool. How interesting that a term has developed to describe bad behavior exclusively -- it appears -- in the context of operating motor vehicles. I don't think that there is a comparable term in the US.

Yobs?


#146618 08/22/05 09:13 PM
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>Yobs

short for yobbos, I suppose, which is Brit. for hoodlums or goons -- and we've come full circle back to hoons.


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