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Re: phrases that use names

Posted by R. Berg on July 20, 2006

In Reply to: Re: phrases that use names posted by ESC on July 19, 2006

: : I'm looking for phrases that use names. For instance, "You don't know Jack" "Johnny One Better" etc. Favorites?

: "...from the 1920s through the 1940s 'Joe' began to rival 'John' as the popular name for any typical guy. ('Joe Zilch' was a 1920s term, 'Joe College' and 'Joe Blow' are from the 1930s, and 'a good Joe,' 'an ordinary Joe,' and 'Joe Doakes' reached their peak popularity in the 1940s.)." From "I Hear America Talking" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Von Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1976).

For Pete's sake (explained in the archives), Johnny One-Note, Casper Milquetoast, Uncle Sam, lazy Susan,...

The "Meanings and Origins" section of this site may have more.

~rb