Wednesday, June 21, 2017

One Word in a Headline

It's easy to forget about the casual use of the epithet "Japs" if you didn't live through World War II. I recently ran across this ad celebrating VE day:

Click the image to zoom in and read the smaller type, but the headline is readable at this size: "You won the war in Europe, now let's whip the Japs."

The ad is meant to be a commemoration of the people from a company (Spaulding Bakeries) who were fighting in the war, and those who worked at home to supply food to the nation, and by extension, the war effort. But from my perspective, the thing I notice the most is that use of "Japs" in the headline.

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