A wolf-whistle is a resonant sound commonly made using the above the tongue to show high interest or approval of something or someone (originally a girl or woman thought to be physically/sexually attractive). Today, in the world, wolf-whistling is considered a form of sexual harassment. Wolf whistling was also used by gangsters before bullying.
According to Adam Edwards of Daily Express, the wolf-whistle originates from the navy General Call made with a boatswain's pipe. The general call is made on a ship to get the attention of all hands for an announcement. Sailors in harbour would whistle the general call upon seeing a sexy, attractive woman to draw fellow sailors' attention to her. It was eventually picked up by passers-by, not knowing the real meaning of the whistle, and passed on.[better source needed] Doubt was cast upon this explanation by lexicographer Grant Barrett who noted that it was very thinly supported during a 2015 broadcast of A Way with Words.
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- "Wolf-whistling is just the start – harassment is not harmless". The Guardian. March 8, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- "Wolf-whistling "could be made illegal" under new European convention". The Daily Telegraph. March 8, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- "'Wolf-whistling isn't fun, it's humiliating': Hollaback! campaign aims to end street harassment". Hull Daily Mail. June 17, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- Edwards, Adam. "You just put your lips together and wolf whistle". Daily Express. 4 August 2011.
- Barrett, Grant. "Wolf Whistle". A Way with Words. 11 December 2015.
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