More on Wolof "hip"

Wilson Gray wilson.gray at RCN.COM
Thu Dec 9 04:21:39 UTC 2004

On Dec 8, 2004, at 10:23 PM, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:

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> Subject:      More on Wolof "hip"
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> ADS-L'ers who are a fan of the Wolof "hip" story might be
> interested in my article on the subject in Slate:
> They let me namecheck Larry for the headline, thank goodness,
> though they insisted on using the word "coined".
> Jesse Sheidlower

I've read the article and I agree with it completely. I especially
enjoyed your critique of Major 1994, given that I'm in total agreement
with your opinion of it, since it's also my opinion of it. I also
enjoyed your takedown of Herbert Gold. Once upon a time, I confess, I
rather leaned toward the "booted to the hip" etymology, but I couldn't
reconcile it with my own primary use of "hip" as meaning "in possession
of knowledge" and not as meaning "prepared," "ready," etc.

-Wilson Gray

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