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Jack Pudding

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Jack Pudding. n.s. [jack and pudding.] A zani; a merry Andrew.

Every jack pudding will be ridiculing palpable weaknesses which they ought to cover. L'Estrange.

A buffoon is called by every nation by the the name of the dish they like best: in French jean pottage, and in English jack pudding. Guardian.

Jack pudding, in his party-colour'd jacket,
Tosses the glove, and jokes at ev'ry packet.
Gay.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Gay, John (51) · L'Estrange, Roger (131)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Jack Pudding." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 8, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2842.


  1. “A buffoon is called by every nation…” is taken from Addison’s Spectator (No. 47), not from his Guardian.

    The full quotation:
    “In the first Place I must observe, that there is a Set of merry Drolls, whom the common People of all Countries admire, and seem to love so well, that they could eat them, according to the old Proverb: I mean those circumforaneous Wits whom every Nation calls by the Name of that Dish of Meat which it loves best. In Holland they are termed Pickled Herrings; in France, Jean Pottages; in Italy, Maccaronies; and in Great Britain, Jack Puddings.

  2. Brandi on June 22nd, 2013 at 9:14 am

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