hippie vs hippy : Common Errors in English

About hippie vs hippy

A long-haired 60s flower child was a “hippie.” “Hippy” is an adjective describing someone with wide hips. The IE is not caused by a Y changing to IE in the plural as in “puppy” and “puppies.” It is rather a dismissive diminutive, invented by older, more sophisticated hipsters looking down on the new kids as mere “hippies.” Confusing these two is definitely unhip.

hippie Meaning(s)

  • (n) someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle

hippy Meaning(s)

  • (n) someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle

hippie in News

  1. How Pixar Developed ‘Art’ for ‘Monsters University’

    “Monsters University,” the prequel to “Monsters, Inc.,” has several new characters, including Art, a purple longhaired hippie-esque monster majoring in new-age philosophy.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: New York Times

  2. Self-Published Memoir, Hippie Boy, Lands on New York Times Bestseller List

    SEATTLE, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story , a self-published memoir about a feisty teenage girl who escapes her abusive Mormon stepfather and the suffocating religion and poverty ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. This week in disappointment: greenways, guns and landfills

    "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." —Mahatma Gandhi "Several hundred people—mostly white, angry, aged former hippies—appeared and screeched into microphones, talked about solidarity and chanted diatribes. It was 'liberal theater' at its best.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Independent Weekly

hippy in News

  1. HIPPY Holds its End of the Year Awards Ceremony

    The HIPPY program promotes school readiness by working with research based age appropriate curriculum.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: WTVY Dothan

  2. Talking Climate Online With David Roberts of Grist

    A "very serious person" and "dirty hippy" talk climate change.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: New York Times

  3. Dot Earth Blog: Talking Climate Online With David Roberts of Grist

    A “very serious person” and “dirty hippy” talk climate change.        
    on June 14, 2013 Source: New York Times

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