[Ads-l] Antedating of "Hipster"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 26 16:12:17 UTC 2015

On Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 11:59 AM, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
> hipster (OED 1941)
> 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'."

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".


Ben Zimmer

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