Can 'hooker' be interchangable with 'matchmaker'?

Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 09:59 am
As non-native speakers, my buddies and I occasionally chat in English on the Net with the aim of improving our English skills.

The other day, we were talking about 'fixing up with people'
and I suggested I'd hook him up with a girl.

And his reply was 'Hey, man. You're a good hooker.'

I paused for a moment wondering whether the term 'hooker' is appropriate here.
We both know that what my buddy intended was 'match-maker', and
I wonder if, in this context, 'hooker' would be good enough to be used.

What I did was, literally, 'hooking him up with someone'.
Could that possibly make the term 'hooker' look a proper usage here?

I believe this question is rather silly.
Please don't laugh at me a lot, but I can't help but wonder.

Would you please leave any comment?
Thank you.
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Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 10:04 am
No, hooker is not interchangeable with matchmaker.

Hooker is vernacular for prostitute

Maybe you could invite your buddies here so you can all chat with English speakers?
Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 10:08 am
The intention could be to make a humorous play on words. However, the connection with the true meaning of those English words is not accurate. Hooker implies a prostitute; whereas, a matchmaker helps make dating connections. They're not hookers.
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Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 10:14 am
However, Gen. Hooker could be considered a matchmaker for his soldiers..
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Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 02:49 pm
ehBeth wrote:
Hooker is vernacular for prostitute

Not always.
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Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 02:58 pm
Those who work with the Chinook CH-47* are also called hookers. I'm a hooker for life... Laughing
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