[Ads-l] hep (adj.), 1899 antedating

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Thu Feb 6 09:34:33 UTC 2020

1899, Feb. 12, Sunday, The Times, Washington, DC.  p. 13, col. 2.
The Night Hawk's Woes.  The Cabbie Details his Sorrows to the Copper. (From the Chicago Chronicle) [1, whole article available online]

<start quote, cabman speaking>
Cold? On the dead, it was colder in that kitchen than any of them Klondike suckers
ever heard about. An' as soon as I get out I'm hep that the water's froze.
<end quote>

Stephen Goranson

[1] https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85054468/1899-02-12/ed-1/seq-13/#words=%22I%27m%2Bhep%22%2B%22i%27m%2Bhep%22%2B%22i%27m%2Bhep%22

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