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Joe the plumber

proper noun; other word formation type eponymy
nickname for Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, who is an American plumber; middle-class American; ordinary hard-working individual
 
This phrase became very common during the 2008 presidential election season, in which a video recording of Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, an average American citzen, questioning Barack Obama's policies was aired on television. Soon after, the phrase 'Joe the Plumber', so named after Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, was being used by both sides of the election as a metaphor for lower to middle-class Americans who comprise the bulk of society. This word is used primarily among politicians or people discussing politics. The reason this phrase became so popular is the fact that Obama's interview with Wurzelbacher occurred at the prime time of the election, and his example served as an ideal model for most Americans.
Etymology : 'Joe the plumber' is an eponym derived from the name of an American plumber, Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher; Joseph > Joe the plumber
Source : Joe the plumber wants to buy the business that he's been in for all these years. (John McCain, Presidential Debate, 10/15/2008)
Last modified: 29 November 2008


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