Johnny-one-note

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English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • Johnny one note, Johnny one-note, Johnny One-note, etc.

Etymology[edit]

"Johnny One Note" is a show tune from the 1937 Rodgers and Hart musical Babes in Arms. The lyrics tell a story of a male vocalist named Johnny who sang with a band and could sing only one note, but sang that note extremely well.

Noun[edit]

Johnny-one-note (plural Johnny-one-notes)

  1. (idiomatic, chiefly US, Canada) A person (or organization) who often expresses a strong opinion or viewpoint on a single subject or a few particular subjects.
  2. (idiomatic, chiefly US, Canada) An opinion or viewpoint on a single subject or a few particular subjects which is frequently expressed by a person or organization.
    • 1945 July 9, “The Press: Confessions of a Grouch”[1], Time, volume 46, number 1: 
      Whether his boss (Hearst) had told him to get off his Johnny-one-note of hate toward labor leaders, foreigners and New Dealers, or whether Pegler had decided all by himself to change his tune, no one knew.