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Re: CHAT: "John Doe" equivalents sought

From:James Campbell <james@...>
Date:Sunday, May 21, 2000, 7:35
John Cowan:
> Subject: CHAT: "John Doe" equivalents sought
Here in southern England it would normally be Joe Bloggs. In Jameld the expression is Haral Zerel, literally Harry Bloke. [The word here translated "bloke", i.e. »zerel«, is a bit derogatory, and is cognate with "churl". But the Jamelt~ses are quite self-effacing and would be happy to apply the word to themselves.] Since the second vowel in each word is unstressed, this name rhymes rather pleasingly. ...and on the subject of tasteless car customization, there was a guy round here a year or two ago who plastered his red Vauxhall Cavalier with fluorescent green stickers bearing such sage legends as "Bangladeshi Womaniser". Bear in mind that I live in deeply rural (and almost completely white-monocultural) North Dorset. Puzzling. James ========================================================================= James Campbell Zeugma--Our Life Is Design =========================================================================