Ever since a fellow writer mentioned obscure holidays, I’ve had so much fun writing about them on different blogs. In recent blog posts, I’ve talked about National Potato Chip Day, Maryland Day and National Fluffernutter Day, just to name a few. As I write this a few days ahead of the scheduled post, I discovered that March 24 is National Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day. I love chocolate-covered raisins. However, today’s post is about National Joe Day. When I discovered that my blogging day fell on National Joe Day, I knew that had to be the subject of my post. After all, I have a son-in-law named Joe.
Although National Joe Day isn’t an official holiday, it has been celebrated since 1800 when Joseph was a very popular name. The day is the one time when people can call themselves “Joe” no matter what their name is. The name became associated with the idea of the common, everyday man with such expressions as Good Joe, Joe Blow, Average Joe, Ordinary Joe, GI Joe, Lunch bucket Joe and Joe Cool. Joe has even become associated with a cup of coffee.
The Scottish word “joe” means sweetheart−perfect for a romance writer. Today we can all be “Joe” and celebrate with a cup of coffee or a sloppy Joe sandwich. I’ll take the sandwich because I don’t drink coffee.
As a writer, I am always looking for names to give my characters. I like to choose names that were popular when the character would have been born or names that are associated with a certain area, especially surnames. Have you ever read a book with a hero named Joe? What is your favorite hero name?
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