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Posted: 12/18/2009 6:42:56 PM EDT
I had a few friends who had wives that ended up with Jody while we were deployed. We were just wondering where the term originated.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 6:44:36 PM EDT
My first name is Jodie, and I've never taken anyone's wife.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 6:44:39 PM EDT
i think its spelled Jodi. but i'd like to know the answer too.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 6:46:00 PM EDT
I assume you are talking about "sancho".....
who's Sancho????.

Next time you come home from work a bit early slam the car door real hard in the drive way
and yell "Honey, I'm home....." then run around the side of the house. The guy jumping over
the backyard fence is Sancho.

Link Posted: 12/18/2009 6:46:16 PM EDT
If Jody boy is seven foot tall, I ain't gonna mess with him at all...
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 6:47:31 PM EDT
Not sure if this helps. But...

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Jody is the term used by military people when someone tries picking up your wife or girlfriend.. It was a common term during the Vietnam era. I guess Jody was a popular name back then. a Jody bar is where all the wives and girlfriends go when their men are deployed. Usually the bars right off base... Jodies are usually other soldiers that haven't been deployed yet. most women that are looking for "company" go to these bars and it is known to make sure you wear your ring so people


For what it is worth. Other folks likely know for sure.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 6:47:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 6:47:54 PM EDT

"Jody calls"

In the United States, what are now known as cadences were called jody call or jody (also jodie) from a recurring character, a civilian named "Jody" whose luxurious lifestyle is contrasted with military deprivations in a number of traditional calls. The mythical Jody refers to a civilian who remains at home instead of joining the military service. Jody is often presumed to be medically unfit for service, a 4F in World War II parlance. Jody also lacks the desirable attributes of military men. He is neither brave nor squared-away. Jody calls often make points with ironic humor. Jody will take advantage of your girlfriend in your absence. Jody stays at home, drives the soldier's car, and gets the soldier's sweetheart (often called "Susie") while the soldier is in boot camp or in country. (Serendipitously, the name works just as well for female soldiers.)

The name derives from a stock character in African-American oral traditions, "Joe the Grinder,"[url=http://missourifolkloresociety.truman.edu/Missouri%20Folklore%20Studies/Cadence%20Calls.htm][3][/url] who is also prominent in Merle Haggard's song "The Old Man of the Mountain."[url=http://www.metrolyrics.com/old-man-from-the-mountain-lyrics-merle-haggard.html][4][/url] The character's name has been transcribed as "Joady," "Jody," "Jodie," "Joe D.", or even "Joe the ____" (in dialect, "Joe de ____") with Joe then identified by occupation. He was a stock anti-hero who maliciously took advantage of another man's absence. Enlisted African-American soldiers incorporated this character into cadence songs during the Second World War.

Lineberry emphasizes conflicting uses of the calls: they are useful to command, in that they serve as instruments to psychologically detach the soldier from home-life, and to inculcate a useful degree of aggression. They are useful to the soldier, who can vent dissatisfaction without taking individual responsibility for the expression.[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_cadence#cite_note-missourifolkloresociety.truman.edu-4][5][/url] While jodies, strictly speaking, are folklore (they are not taught institutionally, and do not appear, for example, in FM 22-5, Drill and Ceremonies Field Manual), some are tolerated and even encouraged by leadership, while others are subversive. [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_cadence#cite_note-missourifolkloresociety.truman.edu-4][5][/url]

Common themes in jodies include:

  • Homesickness.
  • Quotidian complaints about military life.
  • Boasts (of one's own unit) and insults (of one's competitor, which may be another unit, another service branch, or the enemy.)
  • Humorous and topical references.
Lineberry offers an alternative, psychologically and functionally-oriented taxonomy. There are negative themes (disrespect expressed for deities, women, homosexuals, the enemy and economically deprived comrades; graphic expression of violence perpetrated on women and the enemy, glorification of substance abuse) but also positive (unit pride, encouragement of comrades) and perhaps in-between, expressions of contempt for death and indifference to mortality.[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_cadence#cite_note-missourifolkloresociety.truman.edu-4][5][/url]

One example used in the U.S. Army:[citation needed]

<dl> <dd>My honey heard me comin' on my left right on left</dd> <dd>I saw Jody runnin' on his left right on left</dd> <dd>I chased after Jody and I ran him down</dd> <dd>Poor ol' boy doesn't feel good now</dd> </dl> <dl> <dd>M.P.s came a runnin on their left right on left</dd> <dd>The medics came a runnin' on their left right on left</dd> <dd>He felt a little better with a few I.V.s</dd> <dd>Son I told you not to mess with them ELEVEN Bs (the designation for infantry in the Army)</dd> </dl>
One from the U.S. Marine Corps:

<dl> <dd>Jody, Jody six feet four</dd> <dd>Jody never had his ass kicked before.</dd> <dd>I'm gonna take a three-day pass</dd> <dd>And really slap a beating on Jody's ass!</dd> </dl>
At the end of the 1949 movie Battleground (film) the cadence sung is as follows, with the call initiated by the drill sergeant and the response from the rest of the platoon:

You had a good home but you left / You're right
You had a good home but you left / You're right
Jody was there when you left / You're right
Your baby was there when you left / You're right
Sound off! / 1,2
Sound off! / 3,4
Cadence count! / 1,2,3,4,1,2...3,4!

They signed you up for the length of the war /

<dl> <dd>I've never had it so good before</dd> </dl> The best you'll get in a biv-ou-ac / <dl> <dd>Is a whiff of cologne from a passing WAC</dd> </dl> Sound off! / 1,2
Sound off! / 3,4
Cadence count! / 1,2,3,4,1,2...3,4!

There ain't no use in going back /

<dl> <dd>Jody's livin' it up in the shack</dd> </dl> Jody's got somethin' you ain't got / <dl> <dd>It's been so long I almost forgot</dd> </dl> Sound off! / 1,2
Sound off! / 3,4
Cadence count! / 1,2,3,4,1,2...3,4!
Your baby was lonely, as lonely could be /

<dl> <dd>Til Jody provided the company</dd> </dl>
Ain't it great to have a pal /

<dl> <dd>Who works so hard just to keep up morale</dd> </dl>
Sound off! / 1,2
Sound off! / 3,4
Cadence count! / 1,2,3,4,1,2...3,4!

You ain't got nothin' to worry about /

<dl> <dd>He'll keep her happy until I get out</dd> </dl> An' you won't get home til the end of the war / <dl> <dd>In nineteen hundred and seventy four</dd> </dl> Sound off! / 1,2
Sound off! / 3,4
Cadence count! / 1,2,3,4,1,2...3,4!
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 6:50:19 PM EDT
I don't know

But I've been told

If you search Google

You'll strike gold.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 6:50:19 PM EDT
Thanks Torqued. That was thorough.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 6:50:21 PM EDT
I don't know the rest of it, but this is still in my mind from 20+ years ago...

"Jodi this and Jodi that..................??"

I can't remember the rest of it

Link Posted: 12/18/2009 6:53:18 PM EDT
The one in Battleground was the best Jodi I ever heard. Whenever I called cadence that was one of my regulars. I picked up one from a Marine that joined up with big green that was a little too obscene- that one cost me half a months pay one time, still whistle it in the office occasionally.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 7:06:26 PM EDT
I don't know who Jodi is,

But that bastard has my Cadillac!

Link Posted: 12/18/2009 7:07:58 PM EDT
I thought it was "Joe D" like some random guy
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