[Ads-l] Antedating of Jeepers

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Nov 1 19:41:02 UTC 2015

On Sun, Nov 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> Cf. "bejabers" > "bejapers" > "japers" >...

That seems clear and I'm fully persuaded. Yet, there remains a _bolshoi
konfuz_: if it's known that "jeepers" < "japers," then the earliest
_jeepers_ is of only academic interest, like an interdating.

Or is the apparent resemblance, in fact, merely apparent?

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