Feature

11 versions of 'Average Joe' from other countries

Morten Menigmand sounds anything but normal. And yet...

Average Joe, Joe Schmo, John Doe. He's bland and average. Faceless, but not nameless. Every country needs a way to talk about just "some guy." Here's what 11 countries call that typical guy, who might have no specific qualities, but is still "one of our own."

1. GERMANY: OTTO NORMALVERBRAUCHER

Otto "normal consumer" or "middlebrow."

2. CHINA: ZHANG SAN

Translates to "Zhang 3." Sometimes shows up with Li Si (Li 4) and Wang Wu (Wang 5).

3. DENMARK: MORTEN MENIGMAND

Morton Everyman.

4. AUSTRALIA: FRED NURK

Sounds pretty normal to me.

5. RUSSIA: VASYA PUPKIN

With a name like that, it's hard not to be a typical schmo.

6. FINLAND: MATTI MEIKÄLÄINEN

Meikäläinen looks like a typical Finnish surname, but it also means "one of us."

7. SWEDEN: MEDELSVENSSON

Just your average Svensson.

8. FRANCE: MONSIEUR TOUT-LE-MONDE

"Mr. Everyone." Also goes by Jean Dupont

9. UK/NEW ZEALAND: JOE BLOGGS

Still an average Joe (but can also be a Fred).

10. ITALY: MARIO ROSSI

In Italy they just use a common name.

11. LATIN AMERICA: JUAN PÉREZ

Likewise in various Spanish-speaking countries in Central and South America.

Recommended

The lost art of being reasonable
Freedom of Speech.
Opinion

The lost art of being reasonable

How the Founding Fathers encourage political violence
Donald Trump.
Opinion

How the Founding Fathers encourage political violence

Why banning 'harmful' online speech is a slippery slope
A police officer.
Opinion

Why banning 'harmful' online speech is a slippery slope

What the language police miss about offensive words
Amy Coney Barrett.
Feature

What the language police miss about offensive words

Most Popular

RNC slams Biden for meeting with Putin
Vladimir Putin
Geneva summit

RNC slams Biden for meeting with Putin

7 toons about the Dems' Joe Manchin problem
Political Cartoon.
Feature

7 toons about the Dems' Joe Manchin problem

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now
Bernie Sanders.
Sounds dope

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now