Posted by Henry on February 06, 2004
In Reply to: Het up (yes yes I know it's been asked before, but not this question, so don't get all het up) posted by Lotg on February 06, 2004
: Yes I did find this in the PF browser and some other places too. And I know that 'het' is derived from hot, and it means not to get all worked up or heated up, etc. etc.
: What I'd like to know though, that I couldn't find, is where it originated. It sounds like something that would have come from America. But am I wrong, is it older than that, or from some other beginnings?
It's an old form of heated. Mrs Thatcher once accused an opponent of being 'frit' which is a Lincolnshire dialect term for frightened.
From Bartleby; Regional Patterns of American Speech, The American Frontier; Scots forms also appearing in the poetry of Robert Burns include het (heated). Many of these forms go back to Middle English, and all survive in current American Midland and Southern dialects.