Date: Wed, 7 Jun 1995 09:10:49 -0700
From: Allen Maberry maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Subject: Re: Dopp kit (fwd)
As a faithful patron of the Multnomah County Library for at least the
first 23 years of my life, I guess I'll take a stab at this one.
Although I coudn'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 "wash kit"--
See OED under "dhobi" from Hindi dho[macron]bi[macron] from dhob
"washing", cf. Sanskrit dha[macron]v-
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
On Tue, 6 Jun 1995, Daniel S Goodman wrote:
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Date: Mon, 05 Jun 1995 11:51:20 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jane Salisbury janesa[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]nethost.multnomah.lib.or.us
To: stumpers stumpers-list[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CRF.CUIS.EDU
Subject: Dopp kit
Can anyone provide the origin and verification of the term "Dopp" or "Dop"
kit - as in a man's shaving kit? Patron thinks maybe it is a British
military term. We've checked dictionaries, OED, WWII slang, and a bunch
of other slang dictionaries.
Jane Salisbury Humanities Reference Librarian
Multnomah County Library 801 SW 10th Portland OR 97205
(503) 248-5123 x4885 janesa[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]nethost.multnomah.lib.or.us