08/03/23 - posted by John Martini
My memory of the origin of "beatnik" is that it was, indeed, a Herb Cane invention.

Right after the USSR launched "Sputnik" in October 1957 there was a meme for calling all kinds of things "--nik", e.g. Catnik, Dognik, Kidnik, etc.

Herb just appended it the the Beats.

Change my mind.

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