The truth is, dictionary makers have not the slightest idea where jalopy comes from. It was spelled all sorts of ways when it first appeared, a sure sign that oral transmission came first. So, in lieu of facts, here are some of the stories that others have recounted in worthy attempts to make some sense of the matter.
Yiddish is a candidate with shlappe, a term for an old horse that actually derives from Polish. . Others argue that it has a link with the Mexican town of Jalapa, where old vehicles were sent to rest and recuperate.
Celebrate the start of ‘Semana Mexicana de Botas Puntiagudas’ by viewing some of our most favorite ‘Pointy Boots’. Just be careful not to poke yourself in the eye. And remember, “No Running Allowed”.
Visiting in South Western USA, I needed to go to the emergency room. Not wanting to sit there for 4 hours, I put on my MAGIC GREEN HAT.
It also works at Dept. of Motor Vehicles. It saved me 5 hours.
At the Laundromat, three minutes after entering, I had my choice of any machine, most still running.
It might also cut your wait time at the grocery store.
But…don’t try it at McDonald’s…
The whole crew ran out the back door and I never did get my order!
Unabashedly pilfered from It Ain’t Holy Water