[Ads-l] Antedating of "Hippie"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Sep 10 15:36:01 UTC 2018

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.

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