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Joe the Plumber

noun; compounding
A fictitious person that is used to represent the average American population; a generalized person who represents most of the lower to middle class in America; an ordinary, run-of-the mill person who works hard as a laborer/craftsman
 
This term is a generic, generalized term used to refer to the people of America. It is meant to be used as an all-encompassing term for the core class of America, which is ideally the middle class. It was originally coined probably to make the candidates seem more personal and personify the idea of America. In this case, the term is also eponymous of Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, a plumber who gained national attention for asking a question at a presidential debate.
Etymology : : ‘Joe the Plumber’ is an eponymous term that is named after Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher. ‘Plumber’ comes from O.Fr. ‘plummier’ which means ‘a worker in any sort of lead.’
Source : The third presidential debate between Obama and McCain (10/15/2008) “We have to worry about America. We have to take care of Joe the Plumber”
Last modified: 3 December 2008


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