Concept

Jap

Summary
Jap is an English abbreviation of the word "Japanese". In the United States, some Japanese Americans have come to find the term very offensive, even when used as an abbreviation. Prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jap was not considered primarily offensive. However, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Japanese declaration of war on the US, the term began to be used derogatorily, as anti-Japanese sentiment increased. During the war, signs using the epithet, with messages such as "No Japs Allowed", were hung in some businesses, with service denied to customers of Japanese descent. History and etymology According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Jap as an abbreviation for Japanese was in colloquial use in London around 1880. An example of benign usage was the previous naming of Boondocks Road in Jefferson County, Texas, originally named Jap Road when it was built in 1905 to honor a popular local rice farmer from Japan. Later popularized during World War II to des
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