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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HEP

We'd hep 'em git away and just swear dat dey hadn't been home a-tall.

And when the eagle was entirely made from iron and copper, hep.

Because one man was born and lives in one place, is that any reason why hep.

Me washee flowty dozen hep—four bittie dozen—twenty dollar hep.

A family of the name of Hep, or Heap, held the hamlet from the paramount lords.

It is not the action of the people, who are taught to cry "Hep, hep."

So terrible were his voice and look that Hep's courage wilted.

At the door stood the man named Hep, evidently keeping guard.

In future we must read "hop drinkers," and not "hep drinkers."

"Hep, hep, hep," came the column straight for the schoolmaster.

WORD ORIGIN

"aware, up-to-date," first recorded 1908 in "Saturday Evening Post," but said to be underworld slang, of unknown origin. Variously said to have been the name of "a fabulous detective who operated in Cincinnati" [Louis E. Jackson and C.R. Hellyer, "A Vocabulary of Criminal Slang," 1914] or a saloonkeeper in Chicago who "never quite understood what was going on ... (but) thought he did" ["American Speech," XVI, 154/1]. Taken up by jazz musicians by 1915; hepcat "addict of swing music" is from 1938. With the rise of hip (adj.) by the 1950s, the use of hep ironically became a clue that the speaker was unaware and not up-to-date.

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