I wrote this article before writing this kind of article was cool.
For making that statement, you’d call me a hipster and you’d be right. By the modern definition of the term, accepted within popular culture, I’d be a terrible, beanie-wearing, Macbook Air-using hipster. While we’ve quickly enabled the populace with a descriptive term for the enlightened and bearded know-it-alls that are above cool, it’s interesting to note that the history of the word itself — “hipster” — might be more hipster than the hipsters themselves would ever care to admit (though they’d most likely inform that I’m wrong, with numerous obscure counterpoints swathed in sarcasm and pretension).
Hipster is an adjective, a noun and sometimes a verb. According to Merriam-Webster, the term means, “a person who is unusually aware of and interested in new and unconventional patterns (as in jazz or fashion),” with first use cited in the 1940s. So let’s travel back in time to the 1940s. I’m sure some of you more qualified hipsters have already been there, but just in case — might want to pack a change of socks.