[Ads-l] Antedating of Jeepers

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Oct 30 12:12:23 UTC 2015

Here's one from 1906, but jeepers, the word after it is unclear.

Kalamazoo Gazette Aug 29, 1906 p.6 col. 1-2 "Major Bush Tells of Mermaid Chase....Academy Man Back From East, Where He Booked a Bunch of Swell Shows"
"....good shows in New York?"
"Did I?" ejaculated the Major...."Well, jeepers pelter [?]! I should say I did!"

Stephen Goranson

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Merriam-Webster has the exclamation "jeepers" from 1927.  Here's an earlier usage, in a purported letter to the editor of the Mount Carmel (Pennsylvania) News, Oct. 15, 1925, p. 2 (Newspapers.com):

"Well, anyhoe, I ketchin an evryting shees go purty gude but 2 mooch slow until we hittingk sucha stashun how you callit "Parkin Place" - den train shees go down big hill to town witch Connduckter callin "Mahnoy City" - den train shees backin up fur longk time and By Jeepers we stop "Parkin Place" again!"

John Baker
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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