Antedating of "JAP"

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Mon Dec 29 03:34:41 UTC 2008

Apparently originally pronounced "jay-ay-pee" (speculatively "J. A. P."
= "just a plain [sorority]"), JAP was founded in 1903 (says the book),
and the name apparently was "Hellenized" to iota alpha pi around 1913.
The sorority apparently disbanded in 1971.


(the Sanua book is available via Google Books)

The pronunciation "jap" for this "JAP" would have been much less natural
in 1903 or 1913 than in later times. And I don't know that iota alpha pi
was called either "jap" or "jay-ay-pee" in later times.

Maybe somebody knows an alumna? The secret of the name might be revealed!

-- Doug Wilson

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