"jankers" antedated to 1914

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Thu Oct 17 09:55:26 UTC 2013

OED has 1916. "Etymology:  Origin unknown. Services' slang."
"Punishment for defaulters; the defaulters themselves; the cells in which they are placed. Also attrib. (occas. in sing. form)."

The British Army from Within, by Evelyn Charles Vivian (NY: George H. Doran, 1914) pages 35-38. (Not confirmed on paper, but full scan at Google Books).


Stephen Goranson

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