- - In the 1920’s a comic strip character named Harold Teen and friends spent a great amount of time at Pop’s candy store. The store’s owner called it The Geedunk, for reasons which were never explained.
- - The Chinese word meaning a place of idleness sounds something like a gee dung.
- - Geedunk is the sound made by a vending machine when it dispenses a soft drink in a cup.
- - It may have derived from the German word tunk - meaning to dip, or sop either in gravy or coffee. The ge is a German unaccented prefix denoting repetition. In time it may have changed from getunk to geedunk. Whatever the theory we use to explain geedunk’s origin, it does not alter the fact that Navy people are glad it all got started.
ACKNOWLEDMENT OF INFORMATION SOURCE
LTC Daniel D. Smith, Sr (TN)*