Ho vs. Hoe

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Feb 22, 2010
 
Vocabulary Lesson for Young People: Ho vs. Hoe*

I find this issue extremely bothersome, and an issue amongst Young People. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that Old People don't have this problem, as Old People are generally the ones to refrain from derogatory slurs, and are well-versed in basic vocabulary. Still! The fact remains that People are misusing the word "hoe." (I find that misuse is a plea for skewering. I always oblige.)

So I present! A quick primer on "ho" vs. "hoe."

Ho: A derogatory slur toward women.(And used for women only.) Note that there is no "e" on the end. Note that using it in my family results in severe consequences.(*Note that I've never dared or considered using it.)
Plural: hos

Hoe: A gardening implement used to till soil. It can sometimes cause strain on ones back, and in rare, tragic incidents, provide splinters to fingers and sharp whacks to unsuspecting toes.
Plural: hoes

So it's all on you, dear Internet, to start using these words correctly, lest I start asking for additional information regarding glaring accusations against gardening implements. Ultimately, it would be best to use constructive arguments that focus on a person's character and not her gender and perceived actions.(In fact, let's all be good to each other and throw out the glaring accusations altogether!)

http://www.spike.com/video/what-is-ho-alex/26 ...

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Feb 22, 2010
 
That's hilarious. Thank you for that. First smile of the day for me.
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Feb 22, 2010
 
OK! Think I got it now.
So guess I'll stop looking for a Date in my Garden,
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Feb 22, 2010
 
Nothingrealm wrote:
That's hilarious. Thank you for that. First smile of the day for me.
Glad I could bring a smile to your face!! ;-)
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Feb 22, 2010
 
dtak wrote:
OK! Think I got it now.
So guess I'll stop looking for a Date in my Garden,
Good luck on the dating!!
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Feb 23, 2010
 
Sorry that link stopped working...try this, it's pretty funny:

http://www.youtube.com/watch...
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Jun 27, 2011
 
Ho go home and wash out your beaver!
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Jun 28, 2011
 

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I see this debate on here a lot, and it makes nn sense to me. The word is slang for whore. It originated from people not pronouncing the R. What is the point of arguing the correct spelling of a word that is actually the incorrect use of another word? It would be like arguing whether it's ax or axe me a question.
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Jun 28, 2011
 

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And the plural for a word ending in O would be es! So thir person is way off.

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#11
Jun 28, 2011
 
Man, Santa must have all the pimpin'. What with all the "Ho, Ho, Ho" business.

"HO, HO, HO - Get over here with my pie, before I slap the taste our 'ya mouth!" - Santa
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#12
Feb 16, 2012
 
Thank you so much for this. I just made use of it when a guy called me a "hoe" because I called him out on being a player.
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Feb 16, 2012
 
Guest wrote:
Thank you so much for this. I just made use of it when a guy called me a "hoe" because I called him out on being a player.
do you mean player or playah?
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#14
Feb 17, 2012
 
I just read a thread that called someone a dike. That is a levee that holds back water. It can be spelled dyke as well. However, when talking about a lesbian, dyke is the only spelling. The person talking about how the spelling of ho and hoe is not important because it is not slang does not know much about etiology of words. Most, and I mean most, words we speak today are derived from other words and therefore at sometime in history were considered "not correct" or possibly "slang."
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Mar 18, 2012
 

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wondering wrote:
And the plural for a word ending in O would be es! So thir person is way off.
Actually Idiot- since it is SLANG it means it's not proper English anyway, therefore HO's is fine when describing more than one nasty bitch.
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Mar 19, 2012
 
DumbAss wrote:
<quoted text>Actually Idiot- since it is SLANG it means it's not proper English anyway, therefore HO's is fine when describing more than one nasty bitch.
Yes you are a dumbass. Thanks for adding that as your name. A majority of words would be considered SLANG then, because most are not proper English. Thanks for playing, but you live up to your name.

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DumbAss wrote:
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Actually Idiot- since it is SLANG it means it's not proper English anyway, therefore HO's is fine when describing more than one nasty bitch.
Yes it is slang, so there really isn't a proper way to spell it. I would go with hoes, regardless of gardening tools, because it ends with an 0. Tomatoes, potatoes, heroes, etc. You can spell it lwioefeiwo for all I care, but please learn what an apostrophe is. First graders are taught contractions, and how to make a word plural. Second graders are taught how to show ownership using an apostrophe. I'm not trying to sound like a know it all grammar troll, but come the f*** on, you were taught this as an eight year old and have used these words every day of your life.
Here's (here is) a few examples (more than one example), to get the full effect, please read it in a child's voice:

Plural
I have two yellow BLOCKS.

Ownership
My MOMMY'S car goes vroom vroom!!
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Mar 19, 2012
 

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yeah I'd go with 'hoes' not hos. ho hos are delicious snack cakes.
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Mar 24, 2012
 
So where did the "yous a ho" come from?
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Mar 5, 2013
 
Since this is still the first thing that appears on Google in response to the search string, "ho vs. hoe," here's some additional advice in response to the original poster:
1. It honestly doesn't matter how you spell it, as people understand either way, unless of course you are a "Grammar Nazi" (as I am). It is a word that is easily understood when taken in context. In reference to the plurality of the word, however, since it isn't technically defined, "hos" and "hoes" are rather interchangeable--there are plenty of words that end in "o" that use the suffix "-s" and plenty that use the suffix "-es".
2. If you are reading things about "hoes" in a context related to women and are thinking of garden tools, it may be you that has the issue.
3. "Ho" can be used to refer to a male or female; it's simply more common towards females (or there is the distinction of "man-ho"). It also is not always meant as a derogatory slur; sometimes, it is simply used to state a fact. A ho is a ho is a whore is a person who sleeps around. A lot.

Also, in response to meme26's rather angry and unnecessarily rude response to DumbAss's equally unnecessarily rude statement, please learn the rules of comma usage also taught in elementary school; focus especially on the difference between compound verbs and compound sentences. However, until you do, you don't have to worry about being a "know-it-all grammar troll", since it's rather obvious that you do not know it all.
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#21
Mar 5, 2013
 
Ummmm you people are arguing about slang... funny as all get out and the points on spelling and terms are GREAT!=) you people arguing and calling each other dumbass are also funny, but u guys are gettin pissy over somebody expressing their opinion on how the english language is misused... are there not more important things to be passionate and angry about?? lol

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