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#1 2012-12-15 16:11:24

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
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"Husher" for usher

The role of the husher is to keep people quiet during the movie, obviously.

“Hey where you going the movies not done!!!”,I could hear the husher shhhh him. [...] Until a movie husher came to me,He smiled with his hat pulled tightly on.
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Varun O2 can seat 20’000 to 22’000 but it can adapt to less, the husher who placed us actually told me the arena’s capacity was reduced to something like 15’000ish I
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#2 2012-12-16 01:10:43

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2249

Re: "Husher" for usher

Here’s someone who uses the “an” article with the “husher” spelling:

Google Groups forum: “I am interested in serving as an husher during the service.”

Either the person speaks one of the UK dialects that adds a random “h” to words beginning with vowels or there is some disagreement between sound and spelling (i.e., sounding the word as “ush-er” but writing it as though the word contained a “hush”).

Last edited by kem (2012-12-16 09:30:01)

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#3 2012-12-16 08:11:34

David Bird
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Re: "Husher" for usher

I can’t offer much in defence/defense of husher as someone who hushes rather than ushes. There is the otherwise unaccountable spelling as husher in Wally Lamb’s bestseller, I Know This Much Is True, here for example.

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#4 2012-12-16 09:51:06

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
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Re: "Husher" for usher

“Husher” in Wally Lamb’s text is probably an intentional pun put in the mouth of his speaker. Characters in his novels speak/think in Holden Caulfieldish dialect.

I think “usher” >> “husher” is a first-class eggcorn candidate. It’s a bit thin on the ground, though, and the web evidence is polluted with puns.

Here it is as a my-kids-say-the-darndest-things story.

Last edited by kem (2012-12-16 09:59:00)

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