End of ADS-L Digest - 28 Jan 1996 to 29 Jan 1996 ************************************************ There are 25 messages totalling 573 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. hella hawkin' 2. whoop (3) 3. expressions 4. why are ships referred to as she (fwd) (6) 5. carry & tote -- Hop on! (2) 6. cheap folks 7. whoop(s) (2) 8. carried my cousin to the store 9. Fwd: Re(2): whoop 10. why are ships referred to as she (fwd) -Reply 11. Bounced Mail 12. A whipping/whupping (2) 13. why are ships referr 14. "street arab" 15. why are ships referred to as she (f ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 29 Jan 1996 21:18:20 -0800 From: Sylvia Swift 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 geographically-bound variant. 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." sylvia swift madonna[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]violet.berkeley.edu