Antedating of "JAP" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Tue Dec 30 21:57:46 UTC 2008


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While recognizing that Fred's probable cite of JAP/Jewish American Princess below is only a library visit away from becoming definite, I offer the following, which unambiguously antedates the OED:

"Party-Goer Pinch Hits for Gossip Columnist" BURT PRELUTSKY _Los Angeles Times_ ; Aug 9, 1970; pg. N15 col 3
"Geoff Miller (of Los Angeles magazine) and Barbara ("I'm a Jewish American Princess") Selcer are telling everyone they're just friends."


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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.
>
> Fred Shapiro

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