Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 12:26:57 -0800
From: Dan Moonhawk Alford dalford[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]S1.CSUHAYWARD.EDU
Subject: Re: hella hawkin'
Legacy quotes are getting difficult to attribute properly now, so --
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
I agree about the accuracy; I'll ask my student to say it for me. Re:
below, yes -- this is Northern California data, where what is "hella-"
here is often "hecka-" in LA. An emergent dialect split along the lines
of "101" vs "the 101".
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.
As in "He was really honkin'" for me, describing a person rather than an
event, for instance. Yes, that's certainly a possibility I hadn't thought
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?