Words and Phrases



term of endearment; darling

In Literature:

Excerpt from Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland by J J Marshall

For the conclusion of this series of Irish children’s playing rhymes
has been reserved the very fine one called “Jenny Jo,”
and sometimes “Jenny Jones,”
but, undoubtedly the correct and original form was “Jenny Jo.”
Jo, in the Scottish dialect means sweetheart,
and has been immortalised by Robert Burns
in that unrivalled poem of wedded affection “John Anderson my jo.”

(Dungannon: Tyrone Printing Co., 1924), pp 14, 15. The citation relates only to the children’s game (and accompanying song), ‘Jenny Jo’, but it’s clear from the context that this is the sense in which it is used

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