Thursday, March 02, 2006

The word hippie seems to be a conflation of 'on the hip,' referring to the posture of the opium smoker, and the West African Wolof language word 'hipicat' referring to 'someone with their eyes wide open.' Then, positively it would be someone aware of what's going on but also a good description for someone drugged. Is there an etymologist in the house? One with a cool picture and who can also explain 'chick.' Cool. Maybe we can get her to explain more words.

3 comments:

oldhippichick said...

Hello! Thought I would mosey over and what did I read........
*smile*

Well, you know, I have large blue eyes. Windows to the soul they say...I did add more on my comments for you. I would like to think I was hip. I was camping once and someone was smoking opium in the forest. It was a nose-gasam for me. I only have the incense now. *snort* I like to think I know what is going on, but now I have to rely on the Yaqui Way of Knowledge for now. Drugs are not an option. Times have changed. I'd like to think of myself as a cool hip chick with wide open blues.........while I am a student, I am also an artist and a teacher...Language Arts. lol.

Mike said...

Leadbelly did a song about being a kid. 'My momma said Christmas was coming. So I went out on the highest hill, and I looked out, and I told her, "I don't see no Christmas." "Well it's coming," she said.' That's the way I feel now about Virginia.

oldhippichick said...

Hello Mike! Just checking in. I answered some of your questions to your comment on that comment page.
You know, what you asked on 'stratus'.

And yes, I think Virginia is wonderful. All along the BlueRidge Parkway is a slice of heaven.......thanks for the analogy!