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    Question jalopy

    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

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    Re: jalopy

    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."

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    Re: jalopy

    Hi Ouisch,

    Thank you for your help.

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