[Ads-l] "putting [someone] 'hep to the good thing''' 1902 (an antedating? my 1903)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 31 12:51:17 UTC 2020

> I suggest that "hep," in the sense in the 1902 text below, and also
"hept," may have originated from US        > dialect pronunciation of
"help" and "helped."
- Stephen Goranson

Gerald Cohen has already reached a similar conclusion:
"_Hep_ probably derives from the Southern-variant form of _help_, viz.
Comments on etymology. vol.47, no.8. May, 2018. Pages 43-45.

I, FWIW, agree with him and, by extension, with Stephen Goranson.

Of further interest is the title of the Cab Calloway tune,
"We the Cats Shall _Help_ You"
Or should that be,
"We the Cats Shall _Hep_ Ya"?

On Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 6:42 AM Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:

> I suggest that "hep," in the sense in the 1902 text below, and also
> "hept," may have originated from US dialect pronunciation of "help" and
> "helped." That help and hep are equivalent in, say, "let me hep you with
> that" needs no detailed argument (or see DARE for examples). Here are a few
> uses that may help (or get you hep to) the proposal.
> "Michael Hessheimer of Lincoln, Neb., had been sick over three years, but
> six bottles of Electric Bitters put him helped thousands....Only 50c at
> druggists." Concord Daily Tribune, NC, Oct. 17, 1912, 2/3. [Newspapers.com]
> '"Get hept" to the vaudeville habit.' Augusta Chronicle, GA, March 21,
> 1909, 10/2. [N-s.com]
> "Hold this note long enough and get hept to the real lay of things....This
> is nuf sed." San Francisco Call, April 16, 1911, 85/2 [Chronicling America]
> Stephen
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> From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of
> Stephen Goranson <goranson at DUKE.EDU>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 8:13 AM
> Subject: [ADS-L] "putting [someone] 'hep to the good thing''' 1902 (an
> antedating? my 1903)
> In a race track scheme story with "slang." Open access, so I'll type only
> a little. Here, "man of mines" is a long-shot bettor rich from lead and
> zinc mining.
> The Republic, St. Louis, MO, Friday, January 3, 1902 [corrected date],
> page 6, col. 2. [1]
> <start>
> The understanding that Fessenden had was that he was to get $800 of the
> plunder for putting the man of mines "hep to the good thing."
> <end>
> Stephen Goranson
> http://people.duke.edu/~goranson/
> [1]
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> PS. A (new?) etymological proposal may follow, but now mere reporting.
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