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Can 'hooker' be interchangable with 'matchmaker'?

 
 
SMickey
 
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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ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 10:04 am
@SMickey,
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?
Ragman
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 10:08 am
@SMickey,
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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timur
 
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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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izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 02:49 pm
@ehBeth,
ehBeth wrote:
Hooker is vernacular for prostitute


Not always.
http://www.summersdale.com/coverbook/My_Life_As_a_Hooker_RGB_small_3.jpg
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Baldimo
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 02:58 pm
@ehBeth,
Those who work with the Chinook CH-47* are also called hookers. I'm a hooker for life... Laughing
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