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Old 05-05-2009, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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I grew up hearing "not worth two hoots and a holler", which I always interpreted as not being praiseworthy. I associated two hoots and a holler with "Hip, Hip, Hooray!" which was an outdated method of expressing admiration even in my childhood. Another term I grew up with that had a similar meaning was "I wouldn'g give two hoots for that!" I always figured that the hoots in that also referred to the "Hip, Hip, Hooray" expression.
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Old 05-05-2009, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Way upstate NY - Where the snow flys
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Here's an interesting Hoot (hoop) and holler link.

http://www.yourdictionary.com/telecom/hoot-n-holler (broken link)
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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according to my memory farmers once called their livestock and pigs with hoots and hollers, which could have bearing if it is not worth calling their livestock and swine, it's not worth their time. Back in the old days, livestock and the like were very valuable to the farmer.
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