To be hep on X

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Wed Oct 26 17:36:08 UTC 2005

Suzanne writes:

I recently heard this expression, which a Google search reveals to be
marginal but definitely present in colloquial writing, especially blogs and
discussion groups.


Some of the tokens I found suggest it might also be used to mean "worked up
about [a contentious issue]", "obsessed with" or just "enthusiastic about".

That sounds like (a confusion with) "het up (about smth)". MW online:

One entry found for het up.
Main Entry: het up
Pronunciation: 'het-'&p
Function: adjective
Etymology: het, dialect past of heat
: highly excited : UPSET

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