[Ads-l] Antedating of "Hippie"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Sep 10 11:58:57 EDT 2018


The context doesn't clarify much, but it is likely, I think, that the 1944 citation is in the basic sense of "one who is hip."


I have tried to antedate the 1966 first use for the "Berkeley countercultural" sense of "hippie," but it seems to be difficult to find 1965 evidence.

Fred Shapiro


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Presumably the surrounding context clarifies what sort of folks those “hippies” were.  Note the referential split between OED hippy/hippie 1 (‘one who is in the know, esp. about jazz music and culture; hepcat) and 2 ('A member of a countercultural movement which began in the late 1960s, characterized by pacifism, rejection of conservative values, and a nonconformist appearance…’). The first attestations of the latter denotation are from 1966, but I suspect it could be pushed back a little.

LH

> On Sep 10, 2018, at 8:58 AM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU> wrote:
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> hippie (OED 1948)
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> 1944 _New York Age_ 8 Jan. 9/8 (Readex)  There is too much adulation by Harlem children of the "hippies" and their activities.
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> Fred Shapiro
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