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Re: Joe Blow

Posted by ESC on April 27, 2001

In Reply to: Joe Blow posted by Ken on April 26, 2001

: What's the origin of Joe Blow. Maybe American English slang, but worth a try.

".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).