[Ads-l] Antedating of "Hipster"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 26 16:21:20 UTC 2015


Which is why it isn't in HDAS I (earliest: 1940), which drew on the
_Hepster's Decitionary_.

JL

On Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 12:12 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 11:59 AM, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
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> > hipster (OED 1941)
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> > 1938 _New York Amsterdam News_ 3 Dec. 1 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
> > To take an expression from Cab Calloway's Hipster's dictionary, "the big
> show
> > will be a 'killer-diller'."
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> Nice find! Interestingly, they got the title wrong -- it was _Cab
> Calloway's Cat-alogue: A 'Hepster's' Dictionary_. Calloway
> consistently used "hepster" and not "hipster".
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