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Discussion » Questions » Names » Bob's your uncle. Heavens to Betsy. For Pete's sake. What other given names are used in common expressions, for no apparent reason?

Bob's your uncle. Heavens to Betsy. For Pete's sake. What other given names are used in common expressions, for no apparent reason?

Posted - September 10

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  • 8911
    Johnny-on-the-spot
      September 10, 2020 1:26 AM MDT
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  • 21
    Gordon Bennet, Franny's your aunt
      September 10, 2020 3:52 AM MDT
    5

  • 21
    Some are blasphemy in disguise 
      September 10, 2020 3:54 AM MDT
    4

  • 36343

     

    Geez, Louise, I bet every Tom, Dick and Harry knows the answer to this one!

    Johnny come lately.

    Debbie Downer.

    Joe Blow.

    Fifi.

    ~

      September 10, 2020 7:20 AM MDT
    7

  • 32927

    Jimmy crack corn.
    Uncle Tom.
    Mother's little helper. (Rolling Stones.)
    Negative Nancy.
    Pandora's box.
    Plain Jane.
    Rufus leaking.
    Kilroy was here.
      September 10, 2020 7:29 AM MDT
    5

  • 36343

     

      Does Pandora’s Box truly fit the category?  It’s not unknown as to why the name is used. 

      September 10, 2020 7:50 AM MDT
    4

  • 32927
    You accepted Rufus Leaking.
      September 10, 2020 9:51 AM MDT
    3

  • 36343

     

      I didn’t “accept” it; I merely didn’t mention it at all.  I’ve never heard it before, nor heard of it before, so I left it alone. As far as it’s supposed to be a humorous take on “the roof is leaking”, well, I hope the day job is still viable. 


    :|

      September 10, 2020 7:11 PM MDT
    3

  • 4523
      September 10, 2020 7:14 PM MDT
    2

  • 6319
    Uncle Tom is from the book 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'.
      September 10, 2020 9:40 AM MDT
    5

  • 32927
    I know, but it meets the requirement for the question.
      September 10, 2020 9:50 AM MDT
    3

  • 6319
    In my opinion, it is not used for 'no apparent reason'. It is used to describe a person who acts like the title character.
      September 10, 2020 9:52 AM MDT
    4

  • 36343

     

      She’s correct. 

    ~

      September 10, 2020 7:11 PM MDT
    4

  • 10727
    Uncle Tom, Pandora, Rufus and Kilroy don't count.
    Uncle Tom and Pandora have known reasons, Rufus is a pun (noted and appreciated) and Kilroy is not a given name but a surname - America's WW2 answer to the Australian "FOO was here" from WW1. FOO popped up at just about every single AIF camp or outpost - may have been referencing "Foward Observation Officer" but this is uncertain. This post was edited by Slartibartfast at September 10, 2020 8:32 PM MDT
      September 10, 2020 7:25 PM MDT
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  • 32927
    Fun kill alert.
      September 10, 2020 8:33 PM MDT
    1

  • 822
    Jack of all trades.  Is there a Jill of all trades?
      September 10, 2020 1:12 PM MDT
    7

  • 36343

     

      Oh, I certainly hope so!


    ~

      September 10, 2020 7:13 PM MDT
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  • 8213
    Jesus H.
    Aunt Flo and her monthly visit
    Heavens to Mergatroid
    "Hey, Mack!"

    Some are used for very apparent reasons.
      September 10, 2020 1:46 PM MDT
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  • 10727
    Did anybody other than Snagglepuss use "Mergatroid"?
      September 10, 2020 7:16 PM MDT
    3

  • 8213
    I have no idea. Messages seeking comment were not immediately returned.
      September 10, 2020 7:23 PM MDT
    3

  • 10727
    LOL
      September 10, 2020 7:27 PM MDT
    3

  • 21
    Aristocratic English surname from Yorkshire circa 1731 apparently
      September 11, 2020 11:30 AM MDT
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