Since I saw several of you doing the hoochy koochy Wednesday
night at the ball, it sparked my interest in the background of the word.
An “erotic suggestive women’s dance involving a lot of hip grinding”, it
is usually associated, without evidence, with the Chicago World’s Fair
of 1893 and the belly dancer, Little Egypt, who may or may not have
actually been there. The word itself is attested from 1890 as the stage
name of minstrel singer Hoochy Coochy Rice. So, for what it’s worth,
there you have it!
And as an interesting little aside, did you know that the extreme
southern region of Illinois is sometimes referred to as Little Egypt?
Due to the similarity of the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio
Rivers with that of Egypt’s Nile delta, the region acquired the
nickname around 1818 when a large tract of land was purchased at
the confluence of the rivers and its developers named it Cairo.
Thousands of emotions well up inside me through out
the day. They are released when I dance.
~ Abraham Lincoln