Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 08:38:15 -0500 From: Allan Metcalf 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. - Allan Metcalf) 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 ----------------------------------- Fans get Chance to Have Their Say--Scott Reveals Secret of "Reborn" Arm. By Lorry A. Jacobs OFTEN HAVE we thought that Mr. John Q. Public, who patronizes the baseball games, makes sport popular and remunerative and is the real sufferer by reason of disaster to the sport he patronizes, does not get enough opportunity to say what he will of his opinions on subjects appertaining to his favorite sport. Therefore, much after the manner of the inquiring reporter, we approached five baseball fans yesterday and made inquiry as to their opinions of the Giants. (...) And that's that. Considering the answers, it at once is apparent that Mr. John Q. Public thinks a bit. (...)