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The history of the word hip, which has led to words like hipster and hippie

The history of the word ‘hip’

James Brown was famously introduced by Lucas ‘Fats’ Gonder at the Apollo Theater in the early 1960s as ‘The Hardest Working Man in Show Business’, an epithet that stuck with Brown for his entire life. It is a fitting term for the word hip – the hardest working word in the lexicon of American slang. […]

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The language of jazz

Gutbucket, hamfatter, and chops: the language of jazz

We’ve delved into the language of jazz to bring you our favourite words and terms. From bebop to vocalese via the more unexpected gutbucket and hamfatter, you don’t need to be a jive-talking hepcat to enjoy the language associated with this popular musical genre. barrelhouse: an unrestrained and unsophisticated style of jazz music bebop: a type […]

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