Antedating of "Gung Ho"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Apr 12 16:44:06 UTC 2014

gung ho (OED 1943)

1941 _China Weekly Review_ 19 Apr. 232 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  There is a new battle cry in China today.  It is Gung-ho, and it means "Work together!" ... Gung-ho is China's answer to invasion and blockage.  It is the slogan of the Chinese Industrial Cooperatives, which have created a system of "guerrilla industry" to supply the fighting forces.

Fred Shapiro

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