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Hello! I am going over my English notebook. And I have a sentence, which I excerpted from the news I read before, on it as below:
To get the old jalopy back again is the best of all.
Here're my questions. Could someone please help me out? Thanks.
Q1: Why is "jalopy" considered as "Humourous" as the Cambridge Dictionary indicates?
Q2: Is "jalopy" usually collocated with "old"?
jalopy noun [C] INFORMAL HUMOROUS
an old car: I've sold my old jalopy to my neighbour's son.
Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
A "jalopy" is an old, battered car that is unreliable as far as transportation is concerned, but it still has a warm place in its owner's heart, which is why he keeps repairing it instead of just junking it and getting a new car.
Sometimes an "old car" can refer to a bona fide antique in very good condition (such as a vintage Model T) which is worth a lot of money, but a "jalopy" has no value except to the person who has lovingly maintained it using parts he scrounged from the junkyard.
The term "jalopy" is a bit old-fashioned these days, although any AmE native speaker will understand what you mean if you mention it; today we refer to such cars as "junkers" or "hoopties."
Thank you for your help.
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