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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JOHNNY

He was stopped by a policeman, who demanded, "Whose bag is that, Johnny?"

Johnny Rosenfeld lay back on the pillows and watched her face.

But, talk as he might, in Johnny Rosenfeld's loyal heart there was no thought of desertion.

There were some things that Johnny Rosenfeld did not tell his mother.

Johnny Rosenfeld still lay in his ward, inert from the waist down.

"Brake foot, clutch foot," said Johnny, and closed his eyes again.

Johnny was close on the edge of his long sleep by that time, and very comfortable.

Somehow there had been that in his face that had made Johnny afraid to speak to him.

"I'd like t' kill them wolves," said Johnny, coming in just then.

Johnny stared, opened his mouth to speak, then wisely closed it and did as he was bidden.

WORD ORIGIN

pet form of masc. proper name John (see -y (3)). Used as a contemptuous or humorous designation for some class or group of men from 1670s (e.g. the typical name in the North and the Northern armies for a Confederate soldier during the American Civil War). In the Mediterranean, it was a typical name for an Englishman by c.1800; in the Crimean War, it became the typical name among the English for "a Turk," later extended to "an Arab" (who by World War II were using it in turn as the typical name for "a British man"). Johnny-come-lately first attested 1839.

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