Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 16:32:56 -0500 From: Jesse T Sheidlower 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? Best, Jesse Sheidlower Random House Reference