Date: Mon, 29 Jan 1996 21:18:20 -0800
From: Sylvia Swift madonna[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VIOLET.BERKELEY.EDU
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)
hella was familiar to me from my students. i have seen it spelled
"hella," "helluh," and "hell of"; that last spelling makes me suspect
it's a collapsed form of "hell of a." somehow a hell of a nice guy became
hella nice. i see the hecka form as a pg-rated and not
i mentioned this thread to a colleague who thinks she understands the
hawkin' element. she cites an llcoolj song from circa 1989 called "round
the way girl," in which hawkin' appears. the line is something like
"while the business men in suits be hawkin' you." hawkin' here means
staring at you. my colleague thinks JEN's meaning is: "he was
totally staring at you."
madonna[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]violet.berkeley.edu