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According to the records of the New Zealand Parliament, "John Boy" was considered unparliamentary language in 1977. What did the phrase mean though, back then, over there? Urban dictionary seems say it could be either a derogatory term for "white guy" or one for homosexual. I'm guessing it was probably the latter in 1977, but I'm not sure.

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    Was the US TV show "The Waltons" aired in NZ? – shoover Nov 7 '19 at 5:12
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    Might be from the American TV series The Waltons, which had a character named John-Boy, but that doesn't seem particularly pejorative. – Robusto Nov 7 '19 at 5:13
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    @Robusto - I used to hear "John-Boy" used as a mild pejorative in the US. Kind of a doofus. – Hot Licks Nov 7 '19 at 12:55
  • @HotLicks: that sounds a bit more plausible (than what urban dictionary proposes), given the parliamentary context. – Fizz Nov 7 '19 at 13:03

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