An amusing blog post from the Cornell mycology department web site discusses what many generations of their students know as the “Cornell Hoot”. It is a distinctive call or shout of “Ah-OOOOT!” that is used to keep the group together on forays.
It is used as follows:
- When you feel alone in the woods, you belt out “Ah-OOOOT!”
- When you hear someone else give the hoot, you give one too.
- When the group returns to the assembly point, they intermittently give the hoot loudly and in unison until the last stragglers show up.
That #3 might have saved a few others and me some embarrassment on the September foray of the Arizona Mushroom Club.
What do you think? Should we use a call like this on our outings? If so, what should it be?[10/20/2013: — I propose “¡Olé!” in honor of our state’s Hispanic heritage. If you wish to brag about a particularly excellent find, why not two: “¡OléOlé!” When it’s time to muster at the assembly point, three in unison: “¡OléOléOlé!” And continuous Olé’s if you need assistance…]