Antedating of "Jeep"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Mar 13 02:27:05 UTC 2013

The following citation appears to be an antedating of "jeep" (OED 1941).  However, this usage differs somewhat from later usage, since the OED entry refers to the "jeep" as being small, whereas the citation below seems to be describing a large motorized Army vehicle.

1940 _L.A. Times_ 13 Aug. 4 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)   Warriors Feed by Jeep Gang   Southern Californians Bring in Supplies on Mechanical Monsters ... Among their [the California National Guard's] rolling stock [word or words cut off] new reconnaissance cars facetiously dubbed Jeeps, have attracted most attention.  With each [word or words cut off] its high wheels supplied with separate drive when needed, [word or words cut off] monstrous cars will cover extremely rough territory.

Fred Shapiro

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