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Victorian Slang of the Week–cheap John

Cheap-John: 1) 1855–A store that sells cheap wares or a place that offers cheap services.
2) 1866. Cheap wares and or of poor quality “Sam, not knowing good quality, thought he was the height of fashion in his cheap-John suit.”

subsequently

Cheap Johnny: 1866–Someone who sells or deals in low quality, inexpensive goods or services

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1 Comment

  1. Thanks, Denise. I had heard the term, but didn’t remember how it should be used.

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