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  1. Tom Drinane:

    What about the expression “whoop-di-do!”, defined as “Exclam. An expression of joy, however is often used sarcastically. [Orig. U.S.]” at http://www.peevish.co.uk/slang/w.htm – the Dictionary of Slang?

  2. Rosemarie:

    Regarding the connection between “Coupe de” and “Hooptie”, I think it’s even more plausible than you do. “Coupe de Ville” is a French expression; and trying to pronounce “coupe de” with a fake French accent could easily produce “khhhooptie”; then slur into the more easily pronounced “hooptie.” Just my humble opinion!

  3. Thomas Brown:

    I’m with Tom Drinane. The hooptie is another kettle of fish. I’ve heard whoop-di-do shortened to “hoop-di”, uttered with eyes ablaze, fingers stretched on each side of the face, implying “hoity-toity” or in plain English, “big deal!”. I can see how this connotation could derive from “coupe de” as in “coupe de ville”.

  4. nina M:

    Here in Canada , I have heard the expression of an item being hooped. As in “that washing machine is hooped” meaning that there is no fixing it and it is not worth new parts. Any connection with a car ?

  5. Rick:

    I grew up in the 50s in Arkansas hearing my grandpa and other old timers who were around when the automobile was invented, use the term “hoopy” for a dilapidated car. I never heard the the term “hooptie” until the last few years, so it seems to me that “hooptie” is a resurrected variation of the original, “hoopy.” I am a purist. I think “hooptie” just sounds like a polluted attempt at remembering a word by someone who just didn’t know :)

  6. Dan:

    I, too, was raised in the deep south in the 1960s, and my canadian grandparents had OLD, rusted, “nail-starts-the-ignition” cars that they called “hoopie-wagons” and “hoopters”. Well predating the “Coupe-D” resurrection of the term. So I’m backing Nina and Rick’s versions of history.

  7. vENGe:

    Understand this.. All you need is a couple of parrots and you could say “dope”.. meaning cool, interesting..before you know it millions are repeating it.. as far as “whooptie” goes i coined it 20 years ago also “Bling” “junk in the trunk” “PRIVY” meaning “privledged”…also “Out of the blue” “bolt” “it is what is” “out and about” – was originally “out and all about… me” “vent” “thrown under the bus” “pick6″-(sports term) “cha ching” “puttin me on the spot”
    “light you up- lightin it up” “you fell off” “off the hook” i got many many more i coined email me at veng1016@hotmail.com if you would like to know more about the story on some of these slang terms i have the world repeating :)

  8. Andrew Hooper:

    The credit goes to Andy Hooper , he would sit at Totem Lake Ford/Toyota in the Mid 1980s and buy the junkier cars off the lot, He did not have a dealers license at the time but the managers would sell it too him like any other car getting a “RED DOT” so when the owner called in to see how many cars were sold they could always count on Hooper buying a car a day… As the salesmen moved from dealer to dealer they would call him to come in and buy a “Hooper” special as the years went buy it was shortend to the term Hooptie…Theres alot more to this story.

  9. Knotts:

    merle haggard recorded Shade Tree Fix It Man in 1965. In it, he sings, “headed out west from Arkansas, my hoopie ran fine for a while”.
    That’s the first time I heard the term.

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