Today you are supposed to call everyone, and anyone, “Joe”. Why? You’ll have to ask Joe that. During World War two our soldiers were often called Joe since it was easy for our enemies to remember… and since a good number of soldiers at that time were actually named Joe. Coffee has been called Joe because of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels who ban alcohol on navy bases and tried to replace it with coffee during World War 1. “Joe” simply put, means common, in America’s terms. Not that there is anything common about anyone named Joe except for the name. So today let’s celebrate the Joes in your life – why not take them out for a cup o’ Joe.
How to celebrate – Read about G.I. Joe. Have a cup of Joe. Call everyone you see today Joe, or Jo.
I guess the most popular name in the entire world is “Joe”. Well, at least in the United States anyway. We named our soldiers Joe, G.I. Joe, because while they are not common by any means, the idea of the soldier is common. So a G.I. Joe stood for anybody who was in uniform. We even call our coffee having a cup of Joe, because it’s common. Why not Bob or Bill? Well, we gave other outside titles to Bob and Bill. For example to bob is to bounce or dodge out of the way. Bill on the other hand is something we pay at the end of a meal. So I assume Joe just wasn’t taken for anything else! Think of all the people you know named Joe. They are becoming less and less common with people inventing names like L’orange and Peacebewithyouandeveryoneyouknow. But there will always be a place for Joe’s in our lives because it actually means all of us.
How to celebrate – Make a list of all the Joe’s you know. List all the things you have heard of named Joe. Have a cup of Joe.