Darby and Joan
Posted by R. Berg on February 19, 2005
In Reply to: Derby and Joan posted by Peter Goldsmith on February 18, 2005
: Does anyone know the origin of Derby and Joan.
it's Darby and Joan. The Oxford English Dictionary traces it to a song or poem published in a magazine in 1735 but says the names may have been taken from an earlier work.
- Darby and Joan Serge Liberman 19/February/05