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    SAVE A TAP

    Does "save a tap slap a jap" refer to "save your energy and use it to slap a Japanese"?

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    SLAP A JAP

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    Re: SAVE A TAP

    An internet search suggests that nobody is certain what this was intended to mean

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    Re: SAVE A TAP

    My only guess is that it could be a reference to 'tap' as slang for a gunshot, frequently used in the context of 'a double tap' - a quick one-two shot used to ensure fatality. So perhaps it's some kind of reference to conserving bullets, and instead physically striking your opponent?

    That of course wouldn't make much practical sense in terms of warfare, but I'm guessing they were stretching for anything that rhymed with the slur 'Jap'.

    Edit: And along those lines, it could also convey a sense that it's more psychologically rewarding to physically strike your enemy than merely shoot him from a distance. That would also draw on elements of bravery, etc., perhaps as an attempt to encourage volunteerism, or install a sense of bravado in the corps.

    Again, more of a rhyming option rather than a sound strategic option.

    Edit #2: I also just noticed the fine print at the bottom states that it was produced by an electric company. There was a large push for conservation and rationing in the US during WW II, and a 'tap' is a component of an electrical transformer. so perhaps it was actually one of the many conservation slogans of the period.
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    Re: SAVE A TAP

    I should add that the whole poster would come across as extremely offensive today, even in time of war.

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    #5

    Re: SAVE A TAP

    Does "the bottom states" refer to the states that are at the bottom of the List of U.S. states by income?

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    Re: SAVE A TAP

    You have split the words incorrectly. It's the fine print (which is located) at the bottom (of the ad) [=subject] states [=verb].

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