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Hep Vs. Hip

In response to:

Swinging from the May 6, 1965 issue

To the Editors:

Your recent correspondent, Cal Kolbe Nossiter, in attempting to correct Philip Rahv’s nominal use of “hip” merely proliferates the error by identifying the term “hip” as a variant of “hep.” Anyone familiar with the jazz scene (or anyone familiar with my recent dictionary of jazz slang, A Jazz Lexicon) knows that the word has always been “hip,” and that “hep” is hopelessly square.

Robert S. Gold

Jersey City, New Jersey

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