The man on the Clapham omnibus
Posted: 06 February 2008 02:28 PM   [ Ignore ]
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OED “the ordinary or average man; the ‘man in the street’.”

1903 Law Rep. (King’s Bench Div.) II. 109 ‘Fair’, therefore, in this collocation certainly does not mean that which the ordinary reasonable man, ‘the man on the Clapham omnibus’, as Lord Bowen phrased it, the juryman common or special, would think a correct appreciation of the work. 

Just out of interest, is there an American equivalent?

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Posted: 06 February 2008 03:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I can’t think of anything closely similar.  We have “man in the street”, too, of course, and “Joe Sixpack”.

edit: and John Q. Public.

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Posted: 06 February 2008 06:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Or even Joe Blow.

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Posted: 08 February 2008 12:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Johnny Lunchbucket.

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Posted: 08 February 2008 01:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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...and Joe Bagadonuts…

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