Date: Sat, 24 Jan 1998 23:11:01 -0500
From: Steve Harper sharper[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FOTO.INFI.NET
Subject: Re: doppkit
At 17:54 1/24/98 +0000, Evan Morris may (or may not) have said something like:
I just ran upstairs and pulled from underneath the bathroom sink my
zippered leather shaving kit. On the side is a metal label reading
Cool. Now we just have to figure out what that's an acronym for.
words1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]word-detective.com
But is it an acronym??? I've found two very different explanations of its possible origin:
Although I couldn't find an example of the phrase itself, it may, if it is indeed a British military
term, have its origins in Hindi because of the British military's long involvement in India.
The phrase MAY be a slang from the Hindi "dhob" meaning "washing" so the term might be
See OED under "dhobi" from Hindi dho[macron]bi[macron] from dhob "washing", cf. Sanskrit
The places to search might be in sources for Anglo-British jargon.
I must emphasize that this is merely a GUESS!
maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]u.washington.edu
I have also found two reference to a family named Dopelt who may have manufactured the "kits".
Dopp, at last report, is a subsidiary of Buxton.