Date: Wed, 8 Jan 1997 09:13:05 -0500 From: Jesse T Sheidlower 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. Jesse Sheidlower Random House Reference