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.