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hully-gully

[probably from the title of a popular song, itself possibly akin to US dial. South hulgul a children's game WSC] n. young people who wear the dreadlocks, tams, etc. favored by Rastafarians and who are usually sympathetic with the outlook and lifestyles of this group, although the precise meanings seem to have shifted with fashions: 1973 Nassau's hip young men were all into their "Hully-Gully" thing. They dressed smartly in pointed shoes, stringy brim hats, and often . .sported canes. This was the late fifties and early sixties, and a wave of American pop songs had hit the country. The name "Hully-Gully" came from one such popular dance (Missick 34). (Black)

-adj. nonchalantly stylish. (Black>

Tags: adjective, noun, Rastafarianism

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Last update: 2010-10-24 22:53
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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Comment of Darren Robinson:
I interviewed a 91 year old woman from Matthew Town, Inagua and she was very familiar with this term. She told me that the first time she heard the term was from a Jamaican woman that she worked alongside in school. She also told me the first way she heard the term used was like "My husband never helped me and my children, all he do is hang out with his his hully-gully friends.
Added at: 2013-09-19 03:50