Posted by: judyweightman | October 18, 2012

Judy: No dummy she

According to an unsupported citation in Wikipedia, a dress form “is often colloquially referred to as a Judy for the female form and a James for the male.”

Seems darned unlikely to me.

I am a professional word nerd who collects “Judy” references, and other than this one source — and a few others linking back to it — I have never heard of this before.

My guess is that someone is punking Wikipedia for whatever unknown reason, but I’d love (as a professional word nerd who collects “Judy” references) to be proven wrong. Can anyone confirm or deny?

 

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Responses

  1. Hello there Judy, I can confirm that I heard term ‘Judy’ used to refer to a female tailors dummy on Project Runway Canada on YouTube. Too cute.

    Judi Moss

    • Thanks for letting me know, Judi! I love the US version, but have never seen Project Runway Canada.


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