American comedian and actor, and John Brent, American comedian and actor
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Where in English we are concerned with communicating exactly what we want to convey and nothing else, the hipster is satisfied if what he says manages to include what he means. Imagine the difference between shooting a dime from twenty paces with a .22 rifle, and with a 40-guage shotgun, and you will have a rough approximation of the difference between English and Hip.
Del Close, American comedian and actor, and John Brent, American comedian and actor, How to Speak Hip, 1961, quoted in Straight From the Fridge, Dad, by Max Décharné, 2000
Posted on August 16, 2000 at 7:39 PM