Other Word Forms of Jalopy
Origin of Jalopy
Origin unknown. Is it possible that the non Spanish-speaking New Orleans-based longshoremen, referring to scrapped autos circa 1920 destined for Jalapa, Mexico scrapyards, pronounced the destination on the palettes "jalopies" rather than multiples or possessive of Jalapa?
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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