Antedating of "JAP"

Jerome Foster funex79 at CHARTER.NET
Mon Dec 29 02:50:59 UTC 2008


-Herman Wouk may have originated the type if not the actual term in Marjorie
Morningstar in 1945 but I believe the term preceded the novel. In the early
forties there was an informal sorority of Jew ish girls call Iota Alpha Pi,
there being no J  in greek, the Iota was the closest they could get to
JAP.....Jerome Foster, Los Osos, CA
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> Surely this is very late?!?  Unless I'm hallucinating, I first
> encountered this term in the late 40s early 50s.
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> On Dec 27, 2008, at 11:55 AM, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
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>> OED and HDAS have 1972 as their first use for _J.A.P._ 'Jewish
>> American Princess.'  Google Books gives the following, probably
>> authentic occurrence:
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>> Transatlantic Review├Ż - Page 69
>> 1969-70
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>> To my Jap - my Jewish American Princess.
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>> I have not, however, verified this in the original.
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>> Fred Shapiro
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