November 27, 2011
jeep (noun)
\JEEP\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a small general-purpose motor vehicle with four-wheel drive used by the U.S. Army in World War II
How do you use it?
Lauren thought it was goofy that her grandfather drove a jeep during World War II until she learned that he met General Eisenhower and drove him to a meeting.
Are you a word wiz?

The word "jeep" probably originated with the initials "g.p.," which meant "general purpose." But "jeep" might not have become so popular if it had not also been a name. Which name do you think helped to popularize "jeep"?

In March 1936, comic strip artist Elzie Segar introduced into his "Popeye" comic strip "Eugene the Jeep," a friendly little animal that made the sound "jeep." For the next year, Eugene had many adventures with Popeye and his girlfriend, Olive Oyl. In 1937 work began on the development of an all-purpose vehicle for the military. When this vehicle was ready for use, it was called "g.p." for "general purpose." The popularity of Eugene the Jeep seems to have encouraged people to start pronouncing and spelling "g.p." as "jeep," and that became the vehicle's name thereafter.
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