JEEP again

Gerald Cohen gcohen at MST.EDU
Sun Sep 19 15:32:43 UTC 2010

   Would Jonathan please let us know the bibliographic information for his
"jeep" article.  I expect to assign it as a reading in my Etymology class.

Gerald Cohen

Message from Jonathan Lighter, Wed., Sept. 15, 2010:

I spent several months (OK, on and off) researching the etymology of "jeep"
for the _Atlantic Monthly_ in the 1990s, and I never encountered this
retroacronym.  Surely Rick wasn't suggesting that it's the real etymon.


On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 10:58 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

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> At 9/15/2010 10:44 AM, David A. Daniel wrote:
> >Hey. CNN (Rick Sanchez) just claimed that Jeep is a "military acronym"
> that
> >stands for "just enough essential parts". Never heard that one before. It
> >was during a report of four army mechanics who completely dismantled and
> >remantled (heh) a jeep in 4 minutes. They said it was possible because of
> >the jeep's simplicity of design, and then the acronym was mentioned.
> This mention brings to my consciousness that I probably heard the
> same about the ease of mantling (although probably not the 5 minutes)
> in my younger days.
> Joel

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