Antedating of "Hepcat"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Mar 18 12:15:43 UTC 2013

hepcat (OED 1938)

1937 _Wash. Post_ 17 Nov. 16 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  According to music lovers, 1937 vintage, Eddie is a "hep cat" which means that he tosses out a mean mess of swing.

Fred Shapiro

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