Date: Wed, 7 Jun 1995 09:10:49 -0700 From: Allen Maberry 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! Allen Maberry maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] On Tue, 6 Jun 1995, Daniel S Goodman wrote: > ---------- Forwarded message ---------- > Date: Mon, 05 Jun 1995 11:51:20 -0700 (PDT) > From: Jane Salisbury > To: stumpers > 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. > Thanks! > > Jane Salisbury Humanities Reference Librarian > Multnomah County Library 801 SW 10th Portland OR 97205 > (503) 248-5123 x4885 janesa[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >