Monday, January 16, 2006

Don’t Lift the Van with your Brother

Saturday, I had to fix a flat tire on our van. Luke was my little helper. "What's this thing?", he asked.

It struck me as funny that one of his little brothers has the same name as what we use to lift up the van and the very act of lifting it too. It made me thing of all the Jacks out there.

After the definition that correspondsons to my son (nickname for John), Webster's says that one obsolete definition of Jack was a common fellow or boy assistant.

So there are 'jacks' that are handy: jack-of-all-trades, a lumberjack, a crackerjack, jackeroo, steeplejack, a bootjack (not to be confused with a jackboot), a smokejack, and the jack knife (the dive of the same name and what you don't want an 18-wheeler to do on the interstate comes from the looking like the knife). Then there's the telephone jack, electrical jacks, jack-nuts, the jackscrew, the aforementioned automobile jack, the hydraulic jack, stabilizing jacks, the pneumatic jack and the portable version of that: the jack hammer.

There are 'jacks' from my childhood: Jack who went up the hill with Jill, Jack Sprat, little Jack Horner, Jack be nimble, the house that Jack Built, Jack and the bean stalk and the other Jack Tales. There's jack-o'-lantern, jack-in-the-box, the game jacks, and jumping jacks (bringing back bad memories of PE at Sandersvile elementary).

There are food 'jacks': Monterry Jack cheese, flapjacks (some people I hear call them slapjacks), Hungry Jack (gobble them up and plate comes back), Apple Jacks (cinnamon toasty apple jacks), and Cracker Jacks.

There are animal kingdom 'jacks': a Jack Russell Terrier, a jackass (not the derogratory fool but the donkey), the jack rabbit, jackdaw, jacksnipe, jackfish, jacksmelt, amberjack, skipjack and Jack Hanna.

There are plant kingdom 'jacks': a jack pine, a bluejack oak, jackfruit, jack bean, jack-in-the-pulpit, and supplejack.

There are 'jacks' of the gaming industry: the face card jack, blackjack, and a jackpot.

There are nautical 'jacks': a jackstay, jack (as in a reference to a sailor, sometimes called jack-tar) and Skipjack boats

You have flag 'jacks': the Union Jack, and the yellow jack.

There's not so honest 'jacks': hijack (or highjack), skyjack, carjack, web-jacked, cheapjack and 'to jack up prices'.

There are famous and infamous 'Jacks': Jack Kennedy, Jack Kemp, Jack the Ripper (not exactly who you want your son to emulate), Jack London, C.S. Lewis (nicknamed Jack), Jack Kerouac, Orangejack, Jack Anderson, Jack Roosevelt Robinson (better known as Jackie Robinson), Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Jack Nicklaus, Jack Nicholson, Jack Klugman, Agent Jack Bauer of 24, Jack the frontloader, Jack Benny, Jack Lemmon, Jack La Lanne, Wolfman Jack, Jack Black and Black Jack Pershing.

There are phrases with 'jack': Jack Frost, 'every man jack', 'before you could say Jack Robinson', and 'you don't know Jack Squat'.

But the best is the one that Luke and his friend Maegan can hold...


rob said...

Hey! What about an ORANGEJACK?

Andy McCullough said...

Well I did mention the game jacks. But a good idea, I'll edit and put a link to ya under the famous and infamous list.

rob said...

Ahhh...I feel the love!

Joan said...

Clever! Amazing when you put it all together, isn't it? And what a precious picture!

JBL said...

Great info Andy. The picture is so cute. It is so nice to have another Jack in the family!

Ruth said...

You amd Robin really "hit the jackpot" with those three beautiful little boys. What a precious treasure. Your Uncle Jack (my youngest brother) was named Jackson Irvin. Tom's full name was John Thomas (named about our father's two brothers, Tome and Rowena named their son Jack Thomas.( was killed in an accident at age 22)

Andy McCullough said...

I remember Uncle Jack and got to attend his funeral. I think Tom's son Jack died in that apartment fire when I was 3 so I don't remember him.

Robin liked the name Jack and I suggested we use John Charles as his full name. Charles was her grandfather's name as well as her father's first name (though he goes by 'Woody' from his middle name 'Woodruff') and brother's middle name. I will have to do a "Drew" post soon or maybe one on Bogan to give his brother equal time.

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siblings sometimes do the craziest things

Maine Trout fishing said...

What a precious treasure, cute pictures you've got!

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LOvely pictures, their are so cute!