Hoon operation (Word of the Month for July 2015)

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by the ANDC staff

The Oxford Word of the Month is written by members of the Australian National Dictionary Centre and published each month by Oxford University Press Australia. Each Word of the Month looks at an Australian word or term in some detail, providing a history of the term and its role in current Australian society. If you wish to receive Word of the Month by email you can subscribe at the Oxford University Press Australia website.

Our Word of the Month for July 2015 is ‘hoon operation’: a police campaign targeting dangerous drivers. This term goes back to the early 2000s. The word ‘hoon’ in Australian English goes back to the early 20th century when it referred to a pimp. Since the 1980s ‘hoon’ has been applied to young people who drive cars dangerously. You can read the full Word of the Month in PDF form on our website or read it in an online format.

2 thoughts on “Hoon operation (Word of the Month for July 2015)

  1. One of the intelligent alien species in David Brin’s Uplift Universe are the hoons (not capitalized, despite Wikipedia’s usage). Ironically, most hoons are humorless, efficient, impartial, officious, and ruthless bureaucrats. A small group of them, isolated from the main hoon community, are seafarers and musicians.

  2. Hi, thank you for posting a helpful article (with PDF)! It helps young library researchers like me! Not just to gather info but also to learn how simple words matter each time! I’m from Philippines, I hope here at our dialect (Tagalog) somehow that we may also have a timely word of the month. Thanks!

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