This is an etymological puzzle, probably a false one, maybe not an entertainingless one. While preparing notes for a course, I dipped into Moses the Egyptian by Jan Assmann, and came across this sentence: “The belief in the ‘Supreme Being’ (Hypsistos) has a distinctly cosmopolitan character” (51). Maybe it was the linking of Hypsistos and cosmopolitanism that caused me to think of hipsters. The Urban Dictionary definition of “hipster” cites the cosmopolitan element.
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