Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 08:38:15 -0500
From: Allan Metcalf AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Barry Popik on: John Q. Public
(Barry sends me this message with explicit permission to post on ADS-L. Happy
to do so, even though it suggests that a certain book is less than perfect. -
AMERICA IN SO MANY WORDS (David K. Barnhart & Allan A. Metcalf) contains
many important Americanisms, but it's missing "John Q. Public."
"John Q. Public" was discussed here about a year ago when I found a
variant of that and "Jesus H. Christ" in "Judas Q. Priest." Ever since
President John Q. Adams, "Q" became a popular middle initial--especially for
comic fictional characters.
The new RHHDAS H-O has "John Q. Public" from 1937.
This is one of several similar sports articles and comes from the New
York Evening Mail, 10 August 1922, pg. 12, col. 3:
JOHN Q. PUBLIC TELLS
VIEWS ON THE GIANTS