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Hipster(2)

clipping clipping with suffixation
A person, usually pretentious, who is obsessed with art, music, and fashion that is not popular or well known
 
Hipster comes from the word hippy. Entering popularity in the 60s, a hippy was used to describe the countermovement, primarily taking place on college campuses, of Americans against the War in Vietnam. This countermovement consisted of being vehemently pacifistic, in favor of complete racial, religious, sexual, and gender equality, economic equality, and heavily in favor of the legalization and usage of drugs. Hipsters have developed mostly in the last 15 years or so. Hipsters are those generally interested in unknown or unpopular media forms. Thus, most hipsters enjoy watching films and listening to musicians before they have reached any degree of fame. It is difficult to ascertain what caused hipster to spring forth from the term hippy, as the two movements are, in fact, not very similar. Although the two groups may often hold fundamentally similar ideas, as shown in the Occupy Wall Street movement which, although populated almost entirely by hipsters, could easily have existed during the hippy generation, hippies existed for the purpose of obtaining the social and political values they held dear (although it is questionable how much they did to actually see these values through), whereas hipsters have no central and clear goal. Furthermore, hipsters never form on purpose, as it is always a much more passive progression in ones fashion and media interests that leads them to becoming a hipster, rather than having a stated goal of joining a hipster movement. Perhaps hipster, as it does possess a fairly strong negative connotation, was ascribed to hipsters by a third party, who considered hippy to be a derogatory term as well. Thus, this potential third party may have been attempting to draw parallels between the negativity they once ascribed to hippies and the negativity they now ascribe to hipsters.
Etymology : Hipster was formed by clipping hippy and adding the suffix ster
Source : “Park slope is full of hipsters.” (Heard from friends describing the people who live in my neighborhood; 10/2008)
Last modified: 5 December 2011


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