Date: Wed, 8 Jan 1997 09:13:05 -0500
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: hoopty/hooptie
Anybody heard the term _hoopty/ie_ for a old, barely-running car? What a
lot of us used to call a "heap"?
The term _hoopty_ is apparently a Chicago-area street term, attested to by
my 6th grader. I'm curious as to whether it might be etymologically
related to _heap_.
_Hoopty_ seems to have originated in California; I have several cites
from around 1970 there. It has appeared in a number of rap songs in
recent years, notably "My Hoopty" by "Sir Mix-a-Lot" in 1990. DARE
has an entry for "hoopy" in the same sense, identified as "esp. Texas"
with cites from the 1966-70 DARE survey onward.
Both terms are of unknown origin.
Random House Reference
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