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Old 12-12-2014, 05:20 PM
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What are 'John-Johns'?

I came across the term 'John-Johns' in an article the other day. I should know what John-Johns are, as ISTR it being a term when I was little. Or maybe it's because one of my friends was called 'John-John'. Are John-Johns some sort of pyjamas?
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:15 PM
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John-John is a popular nickname for children named John - John F Kennedy Jr. was called John-John as a child.

The only clothing I know of would be "long-johns."

Wikipedia - Long Underwear
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:18 PM
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The only clothing I know of would be "long-johns."
The article I read said something like 'and the kids standing there in their John-Johns'. It wasn't long-johns.
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:19 PM
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an unfilled eclair shaped doughnut is also called a Long John.
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:21 PM
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I recall someone from my childhood--my mother or maybe an aunt--referring to my pajamas as john-johns. I don't remember that they were a special kind of pajama.
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:22 PM
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They're little one-piece toddler rompers. Here's one for sale. Plenty more at Google Images.
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:44 PM
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They're little one-piece toddler rompers. Here's one for sale. Plenty more at Google Images.
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Old 12-14-2014, 06:16 PM
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The article I read said something like 'and the kids standing there in their John-Johns'. It wasn't long-johns.
When I was a kid in the 1950s my parents would sometimes refer to long-john style pajamas as "john-johns." They looked more or less like this, but could be two-piece.

If the article was set in the 1950s it would be something like that, and not rompers for toddlers.

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Old 12-14-2014, 11:15 PM
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They're little one-piece toddler rompers. Here's one for sale. Plenty more at Google Images.
Yes, and I am under the impression they are called "John Johns" because John F. Kennedy, Jr. wore them as a White House toddler. I know they had a surge of popularity in the early 60s, so that would make sense. Anyone know if that's correct?

Here's an example of John John wearing "John Johns."

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Old 12-14-2014, 11:57 PM
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Yes, and I am under the impression they are called "John Johns" because John F. Kennedy, Jr. wore them as a White House toddler. I know they had a surge of popularity in the early 60s, so that would make sense. Anyone know if that's correct?

Here's an example of John John wearing "John Johns."
I very much doubt that. As I said, I recall them being called "john-johns" in the 1950s, long before John John Kennedy was around. Also, in the photo he's not wearing john-johns - that is, long john style pajamas - as I knew the term.
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:59 AM
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I very much doubt that. As I said, I recall them being called "john-johns" in the 1950s, long before John John Kennedy was around. Also, in the photo he's not wearing john-johns - that is, long john style pajamas - as I knew the term.
Sorry, but you are mistaken about what "John Johns" are. SpoilerVirgin had it right.

And John John is wearing "John Johns" in this photo. I know this because I had a similar getup at that age, a few years later, which my mother always referred to as "John Johns." (They are responsible for some of my most humiliating childhood photos.)

Don't believe me? Try a Google image search for "John Johns."


And as a bonus, and in support of my understanding that they were called that because of John John Kennedy, here are more images of John John Kennedy in John Johns. They were his "uniform" at the White House.

(What you linked are long johns. I have never heard those called "John Johns," and I suspect you may be mis-remembering.)

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Also, here's an article that connects the style to John John Kennedy:

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Despite Americans' casual dress, there are plenty of people who prefer to dress their children in a look reminiscent of the late John F. Kennedy Jr.'s when his family lived in the White House. Some refer to boys' shortalls as "John-Johns."
And from here:

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Jon jons were actually called jon jons because John F. Kennedy Jr., the Great President's son wore them. They were called short rompers or shortalls before JFK, Jr. wore them.

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(They are responsible for some of my most humiliating childhood photos.)
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:37 PM
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I always knew it as a hair style.
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