Considered one of the most insulting things to call an Iraqi person. The title “Hodge” means a person has pursued and completed the highest of Muslim trials. The word is regarded among the most highly disciplined and devoted. To be known as Hodge is like what most of us urban people would think of someone with “Saint” actually in a person’s title. American soldiers refer to Iraqis as “Hodgies” because it is literally the cruelest term possible, to take the highest of regarded titles, turn it into a pet name with ‘ies’ and call someone that will never be worthy of such a title is not only a slap in the face to the Iraqi because it is reminding him that he, like most average people, are not truly perfect in his religion, and he will never be close to Allah, it is also a rip on his heritage and culture.
Hey man, I can't get these lazy Hodgies to fill more then 20 sandbags an hour!
I believe this term actually stems from that fact that a popular cartoon that aired during the late 1980s, Johnny Quest, had a character named Hodji. Hodji was usually seen wearing his trademark turban. This is probably a fitting conclusion as a majority of active duty soldiers grew up during this time period.
I used to watch Johnny Quest all the time, remember Hodgie?