Date: Tue, 7 Jan 1997 19:28:36 -0600 From: Greg Pulliam Subject: 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_. Gregory J. Pulliam Illinois Institute of Technology Lewis Department of Humanities Chicago, IL 60616 gpulliam[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]