March 03, 2004


I may have found a lead on why they call the man who's messin' with your wife "Jody". Based on Bunker's comment, I googled "jody" and "music" and came up with a funk song from the 70s called "Trackin' Down Jody" by Darker Shades Ltd. It's about trying to find a guy named Jody and killin' him (I don't know who he is / but all I know / Jody could be the man / livin' right next door). That could be where it came from, or it could've already been a popular expression that was made into a song. Who knows! But you can listen to the song clip here.


So my guess that it was already a popular expression seems to be right. Amritas dug up the real meaning, found here. Well done, linguist.

Posted by Sarah at March 3, 2004 10:00 PM

If Scurvyboy is right in the comments for "Jody," then this song is either a coincidence or it draws upon the WWII usage, which brings us back to square one. Fascinating but also frustrating. Googling "Jody etymology affair" turned up nothing.


It's really from "Joe the (Grinder)"!

Posted by: Amritas at March 3, 2004 10:07 PM

For the record, the magic Google words were "Jody slang etymology."

Posted by: Amritas at March 3, 2004 10:08 PM

I'd come across the Jody reference in a couple of books about Vietnam, and I'd been rather confused by it. Thanks, Amritas and Sarah.

Posted by: Dr_Funk at March 7, 2004 06:34 AM

jody was a stock character in the soul music of the late sixties and early seventies...that darker shades ltd. song is one of many (at least dozens) of jody-related are a handful of others:
bobby patterson, "right on jody"
bobby newsome, "jody come back and get your shoes"
johnnie taylor, "jody got your girl and gone"
jean knight, "don't talk about jody"
joe williams jr., "don't let me catch you, jody"
ann sexton, "you've been gone too long" (" jody's got your girl and gone")


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