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Beatnik Wanton, unidentified paperback cover
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A pejorative term for a member of the Beat Generation. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatnik [May 2005]
Beatnik was coined by Herb Caen of the San Francisco Chronicle as a derisive term to refer to the beats, i.e. members of the Beat Generation (this was a play off the name of the Russian satellite Sputnik).
The members of this group challenged traditional patterns of respectability, and rebelled against former generations by openly using illegal drugs and openly having sex. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatnik [Apr 2004]
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