Posted by ESC on March 09, 2003
In Reply to: Joe Bloggs posted by Stella Dixon on March 09, 2003
: I know "Joe Bloggs" is the average man; the "man in the street" but can anyone tell me its derivation ?
No, I couldn't find anything about its origin.
JOE BLOGGS - "The average British man. His American equivalent is Joe Blow or Joe Six-Pack." From "Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable" revised by Adrian Room (HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, 1999, Sixteenth Edition). "Mr. What's-his-name; anybody who isn't anybody; Tom Dick, or Harry. (American equivalent) Joe Doakes." From "British English: A to Zed" by Norman W. Schur (Harper Perennial, New York, 1987).