Off da hook

Reply Wed 19 Jan, 2005 11:07 am
"Off da hook" is an expression that I'm hearing more and more. Apparently it means 'exceptional' as in, that party last night was off da hook, or, the cake you baked was off da hook.

What is the derivation of this expression?
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Region Philbis
Reply Wed 19 Jan, 2005 11:17 am
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Bella Dea
Reply Wed 19 Jan, 2005 11:22 am
Same place all those other stupid "catch phrases" came from.
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Reply Wed 19 Jan, 2005 11:48 am
Old Telephone jargon, "Busy" signal.

Old telephones actually had a little hook to hang the earpiece on when not in use.
When you didn't want to be disturbed/interrupted by an unwanted phone call, you left the phone "off the hook"...
and if you called someone and kept getting a busy signal, you'd speculate as to whether or not the phone was "off the hook".

Conversely, when there's a big buzz about something, people discuss it over the phone...
enhanced interest leads to more phonecalls, more "Busy" signals, i.e., "off the hook".
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Reply Wed 19 Jan, 2005 02:52 pm
Off the hook used to mean you were getting away without punishment.
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Reply Wed 19 Jan, 2005 03:16 pm
The one that got away...
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Region Philbis
Reply Thu 20 Jan, 2005 09:01 pm
fa-shizzle da bling-bling, ma bell...
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