The Name Game
A little trick with Nick
John Doe is not a theorist, but was once the name used as a place holder for everyone.
Today Ken and I want to thank everyone who reads GLL, including John Doe.
We love writing GLL, but with your support the writing is easier, it is more fun, and seems more worth the interruption that it sometimes causes with other duties. Thanks again to all.
Special thanks to all we have written about—we appreciate you forgiving our sometimes inaccuracies. Special thanks to all who have commented in public–we appreciate your lively comments, even the ones that we do not necessarily agree. Special thanks to all those who directly have helped and have commented in private.
John Doe, Joe Bloggs, John Q. Public, Joe Public, Luther Blissett, Mary Major, and Nomen nescio are just some of the examples of names that are used when a real name is unknown. Curiously, one of the driving forces behind such names is the legal world. They sometimes need to refer to a person that is unknown or unnameable: Nomen nescio, it is used to name an anonymous person in legal terminology, abbreviated to N.N., it comes from Latin “nomen” for name and “nescire” for not known. One of the names listed above is also a New York City restaurant, of some fame.
Our friends at Wikipedia say: The name “John Doe”, often spelled “Doo,” along with “Richard Roe” or “Roo” were regularly invoked in English legal instruments to satisfy technical requirements governing standing and jurisdiction, beginning perhaps as early as the reign of England’s King Edward III (1312—1377).
The Name Game
Shirley Ellis is famous for the song “The Name Game.”
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Go here to listen to it for a bit of fun:
Please keep reading and commenting. We greatly appreciate all your kind support. We will be back soon with lots of technical stuff and strange symbols of all kinds. Thanks again.
[changed Joe Doe to John Doe]