In the US, we call a typical everyman an 'average joe.' Do other cultures have different ways of referring to someone who's just an average, everyday guy?
Average Joe, Joe Schmo, John Doe. He’s bland and average. Faceless, but not nameless. Every country needs a way to talk about just “some guy.” Here’s what 11 countries call that typical guy, who might have no specific qualities, but is still “one of our own.”
1. GERMANY: OTTO NORMALVERBRAUCHER
Literally, Otto “normal consumer."
2. CHINA: ZHANG SAN, LI SI
This translates to “Three Zhang, Four Li”—a reference to some of the most popular Chinese surnames.
3. DENMARK: MORTEN MENIGMAND
4. AUSTRALIA: FRED NURK
Sounds pretty normal to me.
5. RUSSIA: VASYA PUPKIN
With a name like that, it’s hard not to be a typical schmo.
6. FINLAND: MATTI MEIKÄLÄINEN
Meikäläinen looks like a typical Finnish surname, but it also means “one of us.”
7. SWEDEN: MEDELSVENSSON
Just your average Svensson.
8. FRANCE: MONSIEUR TOUT-LE-MONDE
“Mr. Everyone.” Also goes by Jean Dupont.
9. UK/NEW ZEALAND: JOE BLOGGS
Still an average Joe (but can also be a Fred).
10. ITALY: MARIO ROSSI
In Italy they just use a common name.
11. LATIN AMERICA: JUAN PÉREZ
The same is true in various Spanish-speaking countries in Central and South America.