What is the origin of the word Jeep?

These days whenever a new vehicle is launched, it comes with a fancy name - Alto, Accent, City, Métis, etc. The vehicle which we now call the Jeep however did not come with a fancy name. In fact this army vehicle had no real name at all; people in the army merely referred to it as General Purpose Vehicle. Since this was a fairly long name, it was abbreviated to GP. From GP we get Jeep. Some people argue that the word Jeep became popular because of a comic strip character that was quite popular in the days prior to World War II. The character was a tiny creature with supernatural powers and his name was Eugene the Jeep.

COURTESY : The Hindu (The National News-Paper) - India

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