Joe six-pack

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by S.A.M., Oct 7, 2008.

  1. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    I thought this thread was about the definition of the term "Joe Six-Pack"?

    Hmmm...must have made a wrong turn and ended up in the politics forums again.

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  3. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    So is it a new term used for the first time by Palin or has it a history?
     
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  5. CheskiChips Banned Banned

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    People say it all the time.
     
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  7. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    Sam...it's no new term...it's been around for a while.
     
  8. clusteringflux Version 1. OH! Valued Senior Member

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    Sorry, Joe six pack....Not Joe Blow.
     
  9. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    What does that mean?
     
  10. John99 Banned Banned

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    No, it is not common at all. As a matter of fact about 98% of the population would never use it.
     
  11. CheskiChips Banned Banned

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    Yeah okay John, when you can back up "98%" come back and you'll have a valid point. Maybe you live in the posh hills of Oregon or some other scenic Liberated city. But the majority of America would have no problem saying it.
     
  12. CutsieMarie89 Zen Registered Senior Member

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    Yeah I was going to say because I've never heard it before. I've heard average Joe, but I've never heard the six pack part.
     
  13. joepistole Deacon Blues Valued Senior Member

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    It depends on your location as well. The usage of the term varies by geographic location. In Alaska it is common. My impression is that it is used more commonly in the west than in the east. And as we know in the south, they have their own dictionary. Whenever I travel south of the Mason-Dixon, I have to bring my southern dictionary with me.
     
  14. francois Schwat? Registered Senior Member

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    It's really a stupid phrase. I don't know why either. Maybe it's because of the kinds of people who use the word.
     
  15. Letticia Registered Senior Member

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    Ah, but what did they get drunk on? Budweiser or Glenfiddich?

    And S.A.M. -- yes, "Joe Six-Pack" is a slang for "working class male", and it has been around for decades.
     
  16. CutsieMarie89 Zen Registered Senior Member

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    I live in the west, but it's most certainly not a Californian term. Although there are a whole lot of phrases that only Californians use and I didn't know that no one else used them.
     
  17. spidergoat Venued Serial Memberlist Valued Senior Member

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    ...as opposed to those elitist types, who don't buy six-packs, they buy bottles of wine.
     
  18. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    No. Working-class drinking male. Lower on the economic scale.

    Sarah talked about "the average person, you know, the Joe Sixpack, the Hockey Mom." Jon Stewart said, "She seems to be celebrating that as a combination of traits in the perfect American. Let's see... Joe Sixpack gets drunk, Hockey Mom ferries a minivan full of kids to sports practice. So she's celebrating people who get drunk and then drive... with their kids and somebody else's kids in the car!"
    If you're going to borrow my slogans, get them right. That's RELIGIOUS Redneck Retard.
    Spiro Agnew called them "effete intellectual snobs." BTW, Democrat/Democratic and Republican are names so they're always capitalized if you mean the party and not the principle.
    I remember "Joe Sixpack" being bandied about in the 1980s. It never became popular because ultimately it's insulting. Drinking an entire sixpack in less than six hours will make all but the largest person legally drunk by American standards. So regardless of the homeyness of the image to the blue-collar demographic, it implies that these people are at least escapists and probably drunk drivers. To the rest of us it conjures the image of bar fights, unsafe sex in the course of marital infidelity, and cars smashed into each other.

    I find it astounding that Palin is such a buffoon that she doesn't realize (or worse yet doesn't care) that she's insulting the voters she hopes to be courting. It's anguish to recall that eight years ago we had a President who was a Rhodes Scholar.
    "Joe Blow" is just a term for "anyone." Like "John Doe," "so-and-so," Spanish zutano or fulano. Most languages have something like it.

    I'm starting to get complaints from members who expect the Linguistics board to be a politics-free haven. I think that's asking too much, but let's at least try to mix a little linguistics with our politics.
     
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  19. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Ah, we call them "poufs"


    I thought it sounded a bit off.

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