A-Z Database

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John Doe

Nowadays used mainly in America for a male person usually deceased who has not or cannot be identified. John of course is a generic name for bloke, ch...

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John Hancock

John Hancock (1737-1793) was a prominent US merchant and statesman whose flamboyant signature was the first and most noticeable on the American Declar...

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John Thomas

British euphemistic slang for penis dates from the early 19th century and is still current. It is doubtful that John Thomas was ever a real person but...

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John/Johnny/Johnny-come-lately/Johnny-on-the-spot/stage-door Jornny

American generic term for a bloke, chap, fellow or Mr Average dates from the early 19th century. Johnny-come-lately, a newcomer, is attested from the...

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Johnnie/Johnny (condom)

British forces slang for condom from World War II. It was also referred to as a rubber Johnnie although by this time latex had taken over from the old...

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Johnny Cash

Rhyming slang for urinate, Johnny Cash/slash, dates from the 1960s.


Johnny-come-lately

see John/Johnny


Join the dots

see Connect/join the dots


Joined at the hip

Intimately or closely aligned, an American expression dates from the 1960s with obvious allusion to Siamese twins.


Jolly hockey sticks

A British expression that describes upper-class girls, typically, from English public schools and gently pokes fun at their hearty, sporty, and often...

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Jolly Roger

No one knows for sure why the black and white pirate flag, depicting a skull and crossbones, is called the Jolly Roger. It is first cited as the pirat...

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Jonah

British sailors’ have had a superstition since the 1600s that a certain member of their crew could be a Jonah and therefore bring them and the ship ba...

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Joss

The word derives from Anglo-Chinese Pidgin English from the early 18th century and originally meant an idol and was a word picked up and used by sailo...

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Jot

A jot means the least or very little amount of anything, as in expressions like ‘not worth a jot’, which means that something or other is virtually wo...

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Journey

This familiar English word for a distance travelled dates from the 1400s and is a loan word from the French journée meaning day. Its original meaning...

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