How did zoot suits get their name?

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How did zoot suits get their name?

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Zoot suits first gained popularity in Harlem jazz culture in the late 1930s where they were called “drapes”. The word “zoot”, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, probably comes from a reduplication of the word ‘suit’. It was probably first coined by Mexican American pachucos as part of their slang, “Calo”. They were extremely popular with the African-American and Filipino-American youth, and also with young Latinos, most particularly, among those Mexican American youths who styled themselves as “pachucos” in Los Angeles.