Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tom and Jerry, but which ones?

I was listening to a song this evening which was a ballad of WWI and happened to notice that it mentioned the popular nicknames of "Tommy" for a British soldier, and "Jerrys" for Germans. It made me wonder if the later cartoon cat-and-mouse duo were so named for being adversaries.

Several websites later and it would appear that there is no linguistic link between the two characterizations. Tom is so named for the common appellation of "Tomcat", and Jerry was originally called Jasper when he appeared in his first short.

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