Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 16:32:56 -0500
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: hella hawkin'
From January 1996, student paper transcribing recorded conversation:
VAL: Anyways ... Ya check out that little Latin Flava' going' on at Taco
Bell? You know -- plaid, spikey hair?
JEN: He was hella hawkin'!
VAL: Whatever! (sarcastically, then laughs)
I've never heard it before. My 18 yr-old hasn't. Anyone?
Not entirely sure; it depends on how accurate the
transcription is. "Hella-" is an intensive prefix like
"mega-," that has been in use at least since the late
'80s. I've never heard "hawkin'" before, but I have
(rarely) encounted "honkin'" meaning roughly "exciting;
jammin', etc." Perhaps these are different realizations
of the same word.
BTW -- if anyone is interested, I have writings and data (a little) on
the still-new quotative "I'm all, '...'" as quoting gestures, tone of
voice, etc. as well as just words, going back to the early '80s when I
began tracking it.
I'd appreciate a few cites over the years, if they're handy. I
already had the ones you posted a while back. Do you have any
early examples of "like" as a quotative? Anyone else?
Random House Reference
jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]panix.com