Antedating of "Jewish American Princess"

Jerome Foster funex79 at CHARTER.NET
Sat Jan 17 21:06:33 UTC 2004

In 1941 and 42 when I attended Brooklyn College there was an informal
sorority of Jewish girls, called Iota Alpha Pi. The initials were the
closest they could get in Greek letters to  to J.A.P. for Jewish American
Princess. I had two cousins who were members and, as far as I can remember,
the usage was not particularly new, at least among those who were of that

J. Foster
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Subject: Antedating of "Jewish American Princess"

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> Jewish American Princess (HDAS 1972)
> 1971 _New York_ 4(12):25  (heading) The persistence of the Jewish American
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