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Re: You don't know jack . . .

Posted by James Briggs on December 24, 2002

In Reply to: You don't know jack . . . posted by Elkins on December 23, 2002

: Does anyone know where the phrase "you don't know jack" or you don't know jack shit" originated. I know what the phrase "means" -- I just wanted to know where it came from.

: And, please, please, don't send the joke about Jack Schidt and his family Dip Schidt, etc.

: Thanks!

'Jack' is a catch-all English name for almost anyone - Jack of all trades, Jack Tar etc. It comes from the French 'Jaques' a traditional name for a peasant centuries ago. It spead to things other than people, as your examples illustrate.