East Jabip
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Why "East Jabip"? That's what I want to know.
I know what it is, and where it is (I've been there lots of times) but WHY? Sometimes it's spelled "Jebip" or "Jibip", but I think it's still the same place. I know it's not the same place as "Podunk" because that really does exist in several places in North East US. It might be the same place as "Jahunga" -- but I don't know why that is either. Any ideas?

Frank Pierce
I've heard it called "East Jabroo" and I'm certain it's the same place - adjacent to Painted Privy, Arkansas.

But place names, real or otherwise, are fascinating. The best one I've encountered is in Nova Scotia, and from a quick drive-through, it could as well be named East Japip. The name, Lower Economy, reflected its status quite adequately.

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A colleague has offered the idea that "Jabip" shares its origin with "jalopy", "jamoke" and "jaboney", all somewhat derogatory terms. He suggests, not altogether jokingly, that all are from New York and influenced by Italian-speaking immigrants. Any comments?
Frank Pierce
Jaboney (or JabRoni as I've heard it pronounced, is New York/New Jersey. But Jalopy comes from, so I've heard, the town in Mexico whose spelling I don't know but is often pronouced Ha-lop-e from which region, I guess, Jalipino peppers originate. Pardon my lack of good Spanish orthography and pure linguistic rumor.

The Mexicans from that area frequently drove disreputable cars some years back and were called, for apparent reasons, jalopies. The word was often generally applied to inexpensive cars of the twenties during the 1930's.

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I've heard the "Jalapa" theory, but wouldn't the word then be pronounced "halopy", in line with "halapenyo"? Not necessarily, I know.

I prefer the equally speculative theory that it's from the Yiddish word "shlappe", meaning an old horse. Guess we'll never know.

Frank Pierce
More on East Jabroo - my wife added that it differs from Podunk in that East Jabroo has all of the social and intellectual amenities of Podunk, but in addition it's a hell of a long way from where we are.

As an example: "My gosh, I'd drive to East Jabroo if I could get some good fresh rhubarb pie."

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