One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A name for a hypothetical anonymous or ordinary person.‘the Government wants to allow Fred Nerk to do your tax’
- ‘A valuer is instructed to value the property at 123 Smith Street and is told that Fred Nerk, the owner/vendor/manager, is usually there.’
- ‘Why not vote for Fred Nerk instead?’
- ‘People had supplied names, but they'd all been Bill Smith or Fred Nerk.’
- ‘A typical advertisement sets out what people's rights are and says at the end, "Fred Nerk, solicitor".’
- ‘The money is then paid out in a trust account cheque to Fred Nerk.’
- ‘The adverts will tell you discerning men use Fred Nerk's Shaving Cream.’
- ‘This has nothing to do with Fred Nerk or Joe Bloggs or whoever.’
- ‘A client might come in and say: 'I owe Fred Nerk $30,000.'’
- ‘It has equal significance for me in Adelaide and Fred Nerk in Darwin.’
- ‘The political correspondent says he's got the scoop from Fred Nerk, unknown backbencher.’
1960s: from the personal name Fred + nerk.
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