Antedating of "Jeep"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 13 04:40:24 UTC 2013

LIFE - Nov 3, 1941 - Page 5
Magazine - Full view
Peep-_Jeep_ Sirs : In his article on the Battle of Louisiana (LIFE,
Oct. 13), Reporter John Field calls the Army's reconnaissance cars
"peeps." Here
where we make them they are known as _"jeeps."_ NICK SEPELL JR.
Dearborn, Mich. $$ rife /1/etv

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 10:27 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at> wrote:
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> Subject:      Antedating of "Jeep"
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> The following citation appears to be an antedating of "jeep" (OED 1941).  H=
> owever, this usage differs somewhat from later usage, since the OED entry r=
> efers 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 Fee=
> d by Jeep Gang   Southern Californians Bring in Supplies on Mechanical Mons=
> ters ... Among their [the California National Guard's] rolling stock [word =
> or words cut off] new reconnaissance cars facetiously dubbed Jeeps, have at=
> tracted 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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