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yabob
12-31-2003, 12:47 PM
It seems to me that I first heard "johnson" as a slang term for "penis" sometime in the early to mid 80's. Anybody know the origin? First popularized as an African American usage, but, beyond that, I don't know.

A quick search turns up a couple of statements that it comes from the sixties, when LBJ was president. People, particularly African Americans, thought Johnson was a dick, started using his last name as a synonym, and the usage stuck. Can anybody confirm or deny?

x-ray vision
12-31-2003, 01:01 PM
From etymonline.com

johnson - "penis," 1863, perhaps related to British slang John Thomas, which has the same meaning (1887).

x-ray vision
12-31-2003, 01:03 PM
Fro english2american.com

John Thomas n. "John Thomas" is slang in the UK for one's penis. The term derives from the name the leading man in D.H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover gave to his own appendage. The book was made famous by the obscenity trial it landed Penguin Books in during the 1950s.

hauss
12-31-2003, 01:19 PM
Wasn't it from Miami Vice - Don Johnson? Well, that's when it became popular anyways......

12-31-2003, 02:53 PM
Originally posted by yabob
People, particularly African Americans, thought Johnson was a dick You claim LBJ, the president who signed the Civil Rights Act, and used his influence in Congress to get it passed, was disliked by African-Americans? So why did African-Americans vote so heavily for LBJ, and continue to vote solidly democratic up to the current day?

I'd sure like to see some cite for this claim, because I really don't believe it.

yabob
12-31-2003, 04:44 PM
Originally posted by [email protected]
You claim LBJ, the president who signed the Civil Rights Act, and used his influence in Congress to get it passed, was disliked by African-Americans? So why did African-Americans vote so heavily for LBJ, and continue to vote solidly democratic up to the current day?

I'd sure like to see some cite for this claim, because I really don't believe it.
Precisely why I was suspicious of it, and asking. I didn't say I believed it - I was just quoting it.

samclem
12-31-2003, 06:51 PM
Johnson to mean penis in American English is cited multiply long before Lyndon became President.

Since a term like that isn't exactly something you use in polite society every day, it doesn't appear in the average newspaper prior to the 1980's.

But it pre-dated Lyndon by a bunch.

Johanna
01-01-2004, 08:45 PM
It wouldn't make sense to pin the tail on Andrew Johnson either. He was Lincoln's vice president.

KP
01-01-2004, 10:57 PM
While I completely agree that Andrew Johnson is not the origin of the term "johnson" on etymological grounds, I'd like to point out that just because he was Lincoln's VP doesn't mean that his policies were quite similar to Lincoln's. Johnson vetoed major Reconstruction laws passed by the Republican Congress, such as the Freedmenís Bureau Act and the Civil Rights Act, and tried to block Congress's plans for a swift Reconstruction in the South.

Johnson was the only Southern senator who didn't leave when the South seceded, and many of his major votes before the Civil War did anger the plantation owners, but he was, nonetheless, the only sitting Southern Senator. This geographic and sociocultural fact, more than any political stance, was why he was chosen for VP.

Many felt that he was obstructing policies Lincoln's administration would have instituted, and that he was otherwise biased towards the former authorities and practices of the Deep South. It doesn't matter if these beliefs were factually justified. They would have been ample cause to coin a verbal insult

I just don't think that "johnson" was one of them. Perhaps the insults that did float around just didn't survive.

KidCharlemagne
01-01-2004, 11:20 PM
Speaking of LBJ and penises:

Is it true that he pulled his dick out in a staff meeting and said something along the lines of "Yea but I bet Mao's got nuthing like this."

Ficer67
01-03-2004, 02:53 AM
Well, what if I start calling mine a Bush?

Bromley
01-03-2004, 03:27 AM
K.C.. I'd assume that's false until someone cites it :D .

KidCharlemagne
01-03-2004, 07:48 AM
Originally posted by Bromley
K.C.. I'd assume that's false until someone cites it :D .

Actually I did a little searching after I asked and found many references to, if not the specific circumstance, the generally exhibitionist behavior. Regarding a bio of LBJ:

The most amusing collection of revelations here shows Johnson's lack of modesty and his exhibitionist traits. Johnson, Caro reports, would routinely urinate in front of secretaries, force staff members to meet with him in the bathroom while he defecated, and sometimes proudly showed off his penis -- which he nicknamed "Jumbo" -- to embarrassed Senate colleagues. This is the Lyndon Johnson of Caro's earlier works: earthy, profane, ambitious, overbearing, obsessive, petulant, cruel, and dishonest

Had to clear my google search bar cache after that search. :p

don't ask
01-03-2004, 08:12 AM
Originally posted by hauss
Wasn't it from Miami Vice - Don Johnson? Well, that's when it became popular anyways......

Dick (djr.com.au) not Don.

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