Origins of "soft core," "Yippies," "Twinkie defense"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Nov 29 14:56:47 UTC 2009

At 9:53 AM -0500 11/29/09, Sam Clements wrote:
>As to "Yippee" and "Youth International Party," the Wikipedia article on the
>Party cites Krassner in a 2007 interview saying that he made up the term on
>New Year's Eve of 1967, and Hoffman added the name of the party later that
>night to add legitimacity.
>By the second week in February in 1968, the terms were out in the popular
>press.  No one else has ever come forth to argue with their claims--at
>least, not that I'm aware of.

--and (given the era) if anyone had, nobody would remember


>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Gareth Branwyn" <garethbranwyn at COMCAST.NET>
>Sent: Sunday, November 29, 2009 00:01
>Subject: Origins of "soft core," "Yippies," "Twinkie defense"
>>I am currently editing an article by Paul Krassner (of "The Realist"
>>fame) in which he claims to have coined the terms "soft core
>>porn" (1958), "Yippies" (1967) and "the Twinkie defense" (which he
>>says he made up in 1979 during the trial of Dan White for the double
>>execution of SF Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk).
>>Does anyone here know more about the origins of these terms? I assume
>>he made up Yippies, or was at least involved in the coinage, since he
>>was a co-founder of the Youth International Party. His telling of it
>>in this article makes it sound like he came up with both Youth
>>International Party and Yippies (in that order), but I've read other
>>accounts that say Anita Hoffman came up with Youth International Party
>>after Yippies was coined, so that the group would have a more formal
>>name for mainstream press purposes.
>>Any other information folks here might have would be greatly
>>The American Dialect Society -
>The American Dialect Society -

The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list