[Ads-l] Antedating of Jeepers

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 30 16:17:33 UTC 2015


Here is another "jeepers pelter" exclamation in 1907.

Date: June 23, 1907
Newspaper: Kalamazoo Gazette
Newspaper Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Article: Gazette Glints
Quote Page 4, Column 4
Database: GenealogyBank

[Begin excerpt - OCR errors possible]
Jeepers pelter! but won't it seem
good to smell the sawdust once again
and to see the lovely lady with ruch-
ing around her midriff leap right
through the paper hoop kerslap! Oh,
splinters!
[End excerpt]

On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 8:12 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:
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> 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 Ch=
> ase....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
> http://people.duke.edu/~goranson/
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> Subject: [ADS-L] Antedating of Jeepers
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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 (Pennsylvan=
> ia) News, Oct. 15, 1925, p. 2 (Newspapers.com):
>
> "Well, anyhoe, I ketchin an evryting shees go purty gude but 2 mooch slow u=
> ntil we hittingk sucha stashun how you callit "Parkin Place" - den train sh=
> ees go down big hill to town witch Connduckter callin "Mahnoy City" - den t=
> rain shees backin up fur longk time and By Jeepers we stop "Parkin Place" a=
> gain!"
>
>
> John Baker=
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