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joe schmoe

An average person, especially a male, usually of blue-collar working class; no one in particular; someone unknown to you.

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  • Joe Shmoe, is one of the most commonly used fictional names in American English. Adding a "Shm" to the beginning of a word is meant to diminish, negate, or dismiss an argument. It can also indicate that the speaker is being ironic or sarcastic. This process was adapted in English from the use of the "schm" prefix in Yiddish to dismiss something; as in, "Fancy, schmancy". While "schmo" was thought by some linguists to be a clipping of Yiddish שמוק "schmuck", an etymology supported by the Oxford English Dictionary, that derivation is not universally accepted.
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I don’t want to sell my classic car to just any Joe Schmoe; Some Joe Schmoe just asked me for my phone number.

Submitted on May 08, 2021

Modified by acronimous on May 09, 2021

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