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May 17, 2008

What's a veep and why would you want one

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Language, Online, Print

The headline "Clinton not entitled to veep spot" (Friday 16 May 2008) from the website of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer had me puzzled.

What's a "veep" and why can't (Hillary) Clinton have one? Should I have one? Maybe I've already got one already but don't know it?

Search the web for "veep" and you find there's thousands of them.

I don't recall ever hearing the word, but turns out it's American jargon for "vice president".

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary says "veep" dates back to 1949 and is derived form the abbreviation v.p..

Shouldn't it be "veepee" then?


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