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seaglass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:33 AM
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What do you call it when you take a U-Turn?
I've always heard and and sometimes used the phrase "banging a uey."

But this book I'm reading, calls it hanging a "louie" - this is making me crazy because I don't know whether "louie" is a regional term that I've never heard of or if both the writer and editor have no idea that it's called a uey, not a louie.

So have you ever heard a U-turn called a louie?
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Prisoner_Number_Six Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:35 AM
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1. A louie is a left turn. A uey is a u-turn.
:headbang:
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seaglass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:45 AM
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3. Ah thanks - it was making me crazy because the author uses
the term a lot.

She did use it at least once for making a u-turn and that's why I thought that was what she meant all the time. :-)
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:37 AM
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2. No, hangin' a louie is just turning left (but potentially a U-turn). As opposed to hangin' a reggie.
Personally, I'm more inclined to make an ampersand turn. It's much more exciting than a boring old U turn.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 12:34 PM
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18. A reggie? I always thought a right was a "ralph".
:shrug:
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:45 AM
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4. as others said, a "louie" is merely a left turn.
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:44 AM
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5. Personally, I call it a huey
and I don't think I heard or read that anywhere. It just seemed like a natural way of slanging it :)
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:39 AM
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10. + 1
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:47 AM
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6. U-turn (nt)
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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:47 AM
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7. well, there is huey, dewey, and louie, aren't there?
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:56 AM
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8. And then there's the "Michigan left" , which is a kind of Uey...
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 07:56 AM by PassingFair
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Soylent Brice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:20 AM
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9. my sister in arizona calls it "flipping a bitch"
not kidding.

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EndersDame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:25 AM
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13. Is your sister named penny by any chance?
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snooper2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:32 AM
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14. we used to call it "busting a bitch"
for some reason..This was in Missery though where it's illegal
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:43 PM
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25. I call it that, and I'm from AZ.
Huh. Go figure.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:21 AM
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11. Depends on who's in the car.
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 09:23 AM by Iggo
See Reply #9.
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:25 AM
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12. Huey, Louie and Ralph
U-turn. Left, Right....
or make a bat turn for hang a huey
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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:05 AM
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15. For your information:
My people refer to a right turn as a "Rachel."
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fizzgig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:49 AM
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16. never heard that
i say flip a bitch (no idea where i picked it up) and my guy says whip a shitty.
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Eyerish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:43 PM
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19. Same here...
My fiance I use both of those terms.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:51 PM
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20. I thought whipping shitties was what other people call doing doughnuts
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 12:01 PM
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17. u-turn
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armyowalgreens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:55 PM
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21. Flipping a bitch
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 03:17 PM
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22. another Arizonan for flipping a bitch
but have heard/used hanging a uey. Hang or take a right/left. NEVER heard louie, ralph or any of those - interesting!

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seaglass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 03:41 PM
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23. I asked my husband and he said hanging a louie is spitting.
:rofl:
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mikeiddy Donating Member (218 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:31 PM
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26. I thought the term for that was "hocking a loogie" (nt)
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:20 PM
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24. I always called it "pulling a uey."
But I've heard "louie" before.
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Xithras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:52 PM
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27. Uey. FYI for west coasters, Flip a Bitch is derogatory.
Depending on which origin story you believe, it's either a reference to the old canard that women can't drive and get lost easily (so they're always making U-Turns to get where they were going), or a reference to having to turn around because the female in the car was bitching at you and made you miss your turn.

Either way, it's a derogatory term. It's very common on the west coast, but it's derogatory nonetheless.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:39 PM
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28. I thought it might be derogatory because
it had to do with flipping over a passed-out drunk to um "do" other side...your version is much milder

then again life is one so... :shrug:
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Xithras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:13 PM
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29. I've also heard that it's a reference to prostitutes
I.e., flipping a uey to chase down a streetwalker.

Lot's of origin theories with this one. There's probably no way to know how it really started, but none of them are particularly friendly towards women.
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