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All Het Up.

I still use this expression. When I was kid, my parents - although it's Mum that springs to mind, not Dad - used it. But the other day I realised I had no idea how to spell it and on further reflection, began to wonder if no one else uses it anymore.

"All het up". As in: "there's no point getting all het up about it."

So, my lovelies:

Anyone else use this term?

Where's it from?

Am I spelling it right?

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cmcmck
Jul. 29th, 2014 01:04 pm (UTC)
Still use it and yes, you are!:o)
poliphilo
Jul. 29th, 2014 01:49 pm (UTC)
I use it. I think it's still fairly common usage- in Britain anyway.
platypus
Jul. 29th, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
I'm American and I know it, though it's not really my dialect -- I think of it as more Southern. It's spelled correctly: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/het%20up

pondhopper
Jul. 29th, 2014 03:29 pm (UTC)
Yes...spelled perfectly and I also use it on occasion. It's a great expression.
nightengalesknd
Jul. 29th, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
I've heard/read it although I'm not sure I've said it myself. I've definitely read it. I'm not sure if I've heard a real live person say it out loud.

I always assumed it came from the 1960s, which doesn't really answer the "where's it from" question satisfactorily.

I speak a northeastern dialect of American English and currently live in the American South.
maju01
Jul. 29th, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely familiar with it although I couldn't pinpoint any time when I remember using it.
sabethea
Jul. 29th, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
I'm with the 'in common use in the UK' person. Though my language tends also to be affected by what I've been reading, so my idea of 'common usage' is not always accurate ;)
catsidhe
Jul. 29th, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
het up, from het, strong past declension of "heat": "heated".
huladavid
Jul. 29th, 2014 11:12 pm (UTC)
Yep, I use it, and the spelling looks good to me.
huladavid
Jul. 29th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
I think my accent can beat be described as "kleptomanical". I listen to the BBC/CBC/OTHER a lot, use "ya'll" a lot, use interesting phrases phrases that i've run across, and toss on an occasional ASL concept.
dragonsally
Jul. 30th, 2014 12:25 am (UTC)
I use it ALL the time.

Edit. from the Oxford Dictionary

mid 19th century: from dialect het 'heated, hot', surviving in Scots and northern English dialect.

Edited at 2014-07-30 12:27 am (UTC)
quatrefoil
Jul. 31st, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
Yep, I use it as do/did my parents. I think it's pretty standard Northern English. And het is just the past tense of heat.
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