Soapology and washology velly chep

Chinese Pidgin English in the Northwest language mix.

It makes another appearance in stereotyped Chinese-laundry form in this ad:

Soapology and washology velly chep cropped

SOAPOLOGY
and
WASH OLOGY
Velly Chep
WASHTUBS
WASHBOARDS
BLUEING
SOAP
WASHING POWDER
AMMONIA
BORAX
STARCH
______
BUCKEYE GROCERY
Home of Good Groceries, Phone 1875
B.E. Lowe, Manager

It’s from the Wenatchee (WA) Daily World, January 25, 1908, page 4.

I’ve heard my grandma (born 1910) talk about blueing and such.  And we make our own laundry detergent in our house, with borax and washing soda.  I’ve even met a washboard player.  (Hi, Lee from Alaska.)

But this is my first experience of “velly chep”.  Puts me in mind of another ouch-inducer, “My husband–Some hotshot.”

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