Today’s Etymology Question: The Origin of ‘T-Jones’

Knowledge is power.

Words are on my mind today. On the phone with Mike Mooney, I asked him how his T-Jones was doing. To which Mike replied: “?” I told him, “I guess you didn’t grow up on the mean streets of East Dallas. ‘T-Jones’ is slang for one’s mother.” If memory serves, I first heard the expression circa 1976, at Davy Crockett Elementary, where I was, if not the only, one of the very few white kids. Crockett introduced me to another word, too. After my first day there, I came home and said, “Mom, what’s a honky?” In any case, as I was talking to Mike, I googled “T-Jones” and was surprised to learn from the Urban Dictionary (if such a source can be trusted) that the term is mostly used in the Dallas area. Can that be true?

Linguistically knowledgeable FrontBurnervians, I need your help.

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