Heckling - What Are The Origins Of The Word Heckler?

The origin of the word Heckler can be traced back to Scotland. The practice of teasing out yarn in the jute industry was called hekelen which later would be spelt and pronounced heckle.

Dundee Jute Workers

In later 19th Century Dundee jute workers would interrupt political meetings to get answers from speakers. Such interruptions became known as heckling or to heckle.

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