Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 10:21:40 -0800
From: Mary Bucholtz bucholtz[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GARNET.BERKELEY.EDU
Subject: Re: hella hawkin'
On Wed, 24 Jan 1996, Jesse T Sheidlower wrote:
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.
I'd be interested in knowing where you've heard "hella." As far as I
can tell it's restricted to Northern California, esp. the Bay Area--does
that fit your own observations? I wouldn't characterize it as a prefix,
incidentally--what leads you to describe it this way?
Department of Linguistics
University of California, Berkeley
bucholtz[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]garnet.berkeley.edu