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The Badjohn – A Slice of T&T History


Subject: The Badjohn – A Slice of T&T History

How “BADJOHN” became a word…

Of the countless jailbirds to tread this island, none has cast a longer shadow than John Archer, who set the local, probably the regional, and – who knows? – maybe even a world record with 119 criminal convictions, and whose very name would come to mean a ruffian and a bully.
’John Archer, a notorious Police Court character,’ reported the Mirror in 1902, ’better known as ’Bad John’.’ It was from him we got the term badjohn, which lexicographer Lise Winer defines as ’a kind of ruffian; a man willing to use violence and who likes being known as a dangerous person.’            Continue reading