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Jenny lʹOuvrière

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A generic name for a hard-working, poor, but contented needlewoman. The name was devised by Emile Barateau, and rendered popular by his song so called.

“Entendez-vous un oiseau familier?

Cʹest le chanteur de Jenny lʹOuvriere.

Au cœur content, content de peu

Elle pourrait être riche, et préfère

Ce qui vient de Dieu.”


(1847.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Jemmie Duffs
Jemmy
Jemmy
Jemmy
Jemmy
Jemmy Dawson
Jemmy Jessamy (A)
Jenkinson (Ephraim)
Jennet
Jenny
Jenny lOuvrière
Jenny Wren
Jeofail, i.e. Jai failli (Lapsus sum; I have failed)
Jeopardy
Jereed
Jeremiad
Jeremiah
Jeremy Diddler
Jeremy Twitcher
Jericho
Jerked [beef]