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Slate's Hey Wait A Minute: The Origins of 'Hip'

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Slate's Hey Wait A Minute: The Origins of 'Hip'

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Slate's Hey Wait A Minute: The Origins of 'Hip'

Slate's Hey Wait A Minute: The Origins of 'Hip'

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Jesse Sheidlower, editor the Oxford English Dictionary and a Slate contributing writer, discusses the history of the word "hip." He challenges an assertion made in a new book by author John Leland, Hip: The History, that the word "hip" comes from Africa.

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