When 1904 Dubliners want to express ethnic contempt for Jews, one choice term of opprobrium seems to be "jewy." Others are the familiar "sheeny" and the literary "Barabbas." A term of less obvious significance, "Ikey," expresses a milder strain of anti-Semitic feeling. It came from an English comic strip.

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Panels from Some of the Mysteries of Loan and Discount, the inaugural strip by Charles H. Ross and his wife Émilie de Tessier, in 1867 issue of Judy. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Ally Sloper and Ikey Mo in cahoots, first in their scheme to open a loan bureau, and then drinking and smoking together in a pub, in Some of the Mysteries of Loan and Discount. Source: brbl-archive.library.yale.edu.