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  • My adorable and indeed helpful Finnish correspondent writes:

    "'Kyllä hippikin voi olla diplomi-insinööri' means 'Yes, also a hippie can be an diploma engineer'. It's easier to find if you only look for hippi; the -kin means also. I have absolutely no idea if hippi is an actual word, but considering the article is about a woman from the 'green' (environmental) party I assume they are referring to her political standpoint as unusual for someone with an engineer's education. The stereotype is that all pro-greens are from the Department of Arts (Humanistics) and engineers are all right wing."

    March 31, 2008

  • Apparently from Finnish.

    March 28, 2008

  • "Lyceum means school, I believe, and this one is a four-and-a-half-million pound shit-heap, with flesh-coloured tights and writhing stucco ornaments more obscene than anything the Underground has ever spontaneously emitted. To see hippikins and hippettes milling miserably around among the Mecca gorillas who hate them almost blurs the memory of police collaboration at the Roundhouse, and UFO seems another part of summer '67."

    - 'The Million-Dollar Underground', Germaine Greer in Oz, 1969.

    March 27, 2008