Driving home from the event, I listened to Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me, which is probably my second favorite NPR program after In Character, which is really more of a segment anyways, so I suppose I just lost the game or something. I really ought to like some of their music centric programs more than I do, but I think we've established that I'm some sort of anomaly. Did I mention The Puzzle? I lurve the puzzle. Will Shortz is the sphinx. Sphinx would make a really cool substitute for the word cool in the future or maybe to refer to an attractive female?. We could change the future of children's vernacular together! Think about using next time you want to describe something as hott or hip.
In the jazz department at BYU-I,we were discouraged from using the word hip because it apparently had drug connotations. I call bullshit as it's a derivation of hep, but whatever. This will tie together nicely.
I apologize for my saturation of links. I've gotten carried away.
In any case, with the confluence of General Conference and Mo Rocca today, I've decided it an opportune time to link to this, which is unfortunately, now outdated. I'm sure Mo would have appreciated the whole zero hits I'd have given him anyway.
By the way, here's what wikipedia has to say about what is hip:
So there, ha!
Despite research and speculation by both amateur and professional etymologists, the origins of the term hip and hep are disputed. Many etymologists believe that the terms hip, hep and hepcat (e.g., jazz musicians' now cliched "hip cat") derive from the west African Wolof language word hepicat, which means "one who has his eyes open". Some etymologists reject this, however, and have even adopted the denigration "to cry Wolof" as a general dismissal or belittlement of etymologies they believe to be based on "superficial similarities" rather than documented attribution.
An alternative theory traces the word's origins to those who used opium recreationally in the 19th century. Opium smokers commonly consumed the drug lying on their sides (i.e. their hips). Because opium smoking was a practice of socially-influential trend-setting individuals, the cachet it enjoyed led to the circulation of the term hip by way of a kind of synecdoche. This theory, however far-fetched, is most certainly disproven by the fact that the term hep was used until around 1940, when it was replaced in popular culture with the term hip for no apparent reason other than to make the word current again.