In Reply to: Working Hoot Owl posted by Pat Clark on January 07, 2009 at 09:04:
: "Working Hoot Owl" or taking the "Hoot Owl Shift". This is a phrase used commonly in Western Pennsylvania - once by those in the mines - now commonly. Of course, it meant working the night shift - often 10:00 until morning.
My father was a coal miner in southern West Virginia. He used that term too.