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Re: CHAT: "John Doe" equivalents sought

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Sunday, May 21, 2000, 2:17
>From: John Cowan <cowan@...> >Reply-To: Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...> >To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU >Subject: CHAT: "John Doe" equivalents sought >Date: Thu, 20 May 0100 20:08:42 -0400 > >I've been asked on another mailing list to collect "dummy names" from >other cultures. In Anglo-America, the names "John Doe" and "Richard Roe" >(and female equivalents with "Jane") are used in the legal system and >elsewhere for people whose names are not known. I have heard that >the name "Alain LaFlamme" is used similarly either in France or in >French Canada (my informant wasn't certain). Are there other such names >elsewhere? Details eagerly solicited. > >ObConlang: In Lojban it would be "la broda", of course.
The Techians pretty much borrowed the name John Doe, but localized the John part -- so in Techia, a 'John Doe' would be _yohane: do:_. But also in common use is 'John Anonymous' -- _johane: a??anonIm_ (from the Greek for 'no name', of course). The Maouese say _yahya la:samak_, Arabic (did I get it right) for _John No Name_. The Frogmen borrowed John Doe as is and call him _dZon do_. DaW. ________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at