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Tom, Dick, Harry, and other memorable heroes

Why Tom, Dick, and Harry? Generic names? If so, why just those? From Suffolk to Yorkshire people speak about some Laurence and some Lumley, whose fame rests only on the fact that both have
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Why Tom, Dick, and Harry? Generic names? If so, why just those?  From Suffolk to Yorkshire people speak about some Laurence and some Lumley, whose fame rests only on the fact that both have alliterating lazy dogs (as lazy as L.’s dog, as laid him down to bark). Other farmers had worse luck. Consider all in a heap like Brown’s cows. What happened to Mr. Brown’s cattle to make their case proverbial? I am afraid no one will ever be able to enlighten us. Perhaps Mr. Brown and his animals never existed, so that the owner of the smitten kine belongs with the concerned but unnamed parent in Sam Weller’s pronouncement: “Out vith it, as the father said to his child who swallowed a farden.” But one never knows. Several more or less reasonable hypotheses have been offered to explain why to dine with Earl Humphrey means “to stay without dinner, to go hungry.” The hero of the phrase Hobson’s choice was a real individual, and his “choice” was indeed limited, to put it mildly. Mary Palmer, the. . .

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