Friday, November 04, 2011

John, or Jack

In Hebrew, John means, "gracious" or "merciful."  Apostles, saints, popes, kings, celebrities, artists, sports stars, writers, and U.S. Presidents have worn the name.  John Adams was our 2nd U.S. President, John Quincy Adams the 6th, John Tyler the 10th, and John F. Kennedy the 35th.  Astronaut John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth.

John Deere, John Doe, Johnny Appleseed, Johnny Cash, John Boy of The Waltons, and the Dear John Letter all pay tribute to the name in different venues.  When we sign our name, it's said we sign our "John Hancock."  Three irreplaceable Johns were John Wayne, John Candy, and "Heeee're's Johnny!"

Jack is the easy-going nickname for John, which has been a popular name among the English speaking for centuries.  Scads of phrases and nursery rhymes include Jack, like......

  • Jack, Be Nimble
  • The House that Jack Built
  • Jack Sprat
  • Jack and Jill
  • Little Jack Horner
  • Jack Frost
  • Jack O'Lantern
  • Jack of All Trades
  • Jack-in-the-Box
  • Jack the Ripper
  • Jack the Giant
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
  • Panama Jack
  • Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Crackerjack
  • Flap jack
  • Jack hammer
  • Jack knife
  • Jack rabbit
  • Jack-in-the-Pulpit
  • Jackpot
  • Jumping Jack
  • Phone Jack
  • Hijack
  • Black Jack
  • Boot Jack
  • Lumberjack........and the best one of all......
  • Jack Z.......(hope you're reading this!!!!!)