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October 09, 2006



Ah my beamish blogger, I join you in your joyish chortle.


You're about two decades too old to use "hella."


Ah, but I spent the weekend in Berkeley, where legend has it that "hella" was first coined in the adolescent vernacular in the late 1970s. I said it constantly in my college days (two decades ago), and my visit to the old alma mater led me to return the phrase to my employ.


Oh, yes - "hella" - never got into it as an undergrad at Cal (1996-2000)... Probably could've studied about its origins and spread, being a linguistics major.


Ed, everyone I knew swears it started at Berkeley High around the cusp of the Carter-Reagan Administration. But I have no evidence of this, other than its status as a confirmed "Berkeleyism."

Stephen Frug

"Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices." -- Song of Songs

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