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We grew up calling it an "Oklahoma Hankie"; what is it called where you live?

Asked by rojo (13873 points ) December 19th, 2013

You know that move where you don’t have or can’t be bothered to find a Kleenex so you either lean forward or way over to one side, close one nostril with you finger on the side of your nose then blow (hopefully only done outdoors); expelling the contents toward the ground and then, if necessary, do the other nostril? That is what I am talking about.

I grew up in Texas and, as I said, we always referred to it as an “Oklahoma Hankie but a friend who grew up in Kentucky told me that they called it a “Tennessee Hankie”.

So I got to wondering if there were other regional or international differences regarding the nomenclature of said act.

Anyone?

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Seek's avatar

New York city:

I call it, “ew, that’s fucking gross.”

janbb's avatar

New Jersey.

We call it, “Feh!”

ucme's avatar

Lil ol Englandtown & I call that the “fucking dirty bastard”

elbanditoroso's avatar

What’s wrong with a shirtsleeve?

johnpowell's avatar

Oregon: Farmer’s sneeze

dxs's avatar

New England: Snot rocket

LuckyGuy's avatar

Feh! (My relatives swung from the same trees as @janbb ‘s.)

tedibear's avatar

Grew up in Western New York. It doesn’t have a name, so I just call it nasty and disgusting.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

As someone who was born and raised in Oklahoma, I would like to point out that I never knew anyone who did this and never witnessed it. Yes, I spent a lot of time on farms doing farm work, too. I was even a member of Future Farmers of America.

I would also like to add I’m glad I don’t live there anymore.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake I’m guessing you aren’t a hockey fan. It is bad on the benches between shifts.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Isn’t hockey played on horseback?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake Yeah, they use polo ponies with ice skates.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Ice? I thought they made the horses tread water.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I’ve never heard of a term describing this act before.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake In your climate that works, here we kept having to chip them out of the ice.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Ewww, it’s so gross. I never saw it until my Vietnamese friends did it while on the soccer field, so I don’t call it anything I guess.

anniereborn's avatar

I have thankfully never seen that before.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@anniereborn I hope you never do. ;)

Coloma's avatar

Yes, gross out to the 10th power! Never even was aware there WAS a NAME for that. Gag!

rojo's avatar

Didn’t mean to upset folks sensibilities.

can I get you a hankie

Kardamom's avatar

Blowing snot bombs.

hug_of_war's avatar

I have never even heard of someone doing that. Yuck.

ucme's avatar

Sensibility remains free of any upset whatsoever.

poofandmook's avatar

New Jersey: Snot rocket. and also gross.

YARNLADY's avatar

My Dad used to do that. He said he learned it in the Navy.

syz's avatar

Snot rocket. (And totally unacceptable, by the way.)

ucme's avatar

Ballistic bogey, usually from tramps.

hearkat's avatar

NJ – I’ve heard the term “snot rocket” also. It’s totally disgusting!

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t call it anything but gross and probably against the law in some places. Just a few days ago when I was back in TN someone spit on the groun, let alone what you are talking about, and I thought to myself how do people do that? I’m pretty sure in New York City it is illegal to spit on the ground and I think your Oklahoma Hankie probably would fall under that same umbrella. At least that is what my larents always told me, spitting on the street was illegal accirding to them, they are from The Bronx. Imagine if all of NYC felt entitled to do such a thing on the street! Disgusting. Use your sleeve for Christ’s sake. LOL.

johnpowell's avatar

I do this all time. I also do it when I am alone. I know how to blow my nose but this is the best way to get a persistent burger.

rojo's avatar

@johnpowell People give you burgers for doing this? Where do you live?

Leanne1986's avatar

I have never heard of or witnessed anyone doing that! I didn’t even know it was a thing until reading this thread. I planning a trip to Oklahoma next year, should I be concerned?!?!

rojo's avatar

Just keep your pants tucked into your boots @Leanne1986

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