Green’s Dictionary of Slang

joe n.1

also jo
[proper name Joe, abbr. of Joseph]

1. generic uses of the proper name.

(a) (Scot.) a friend.

[UK]H. Glapthorne Hollander V i: You shall dance at my wedding, and be drunke too, my Joe, you shall.
[UK]J. Wilson Cheats II iv: As merry as thou wilt, my joe.
[UK]A. Ramsay Tea-table Misc. (1733) IV 452: Jo, sweet-heart.
[UK]Burns Poem on Pastoral Poetry in Works (1842) 110/1: And och! o’ er aft thy joes hae starv’ d Mid a’ thy favours!
[UK]J. Hogg Wool-Gatherer 124: She’s a hinny and joe.
‘Humours of Glasgow Fair’ [broadsheet ballad] Now Willock and Tam, gay and bouzy, / By this time had met with their joes.
[US] ‘John Chinaman, My Jo’ in Lingenfelter et al. Songs of the Amer. West (1968) 301: John Chinaman, my jo, John [...] Here’s blessings on your head, John, / And more power to your tail.
[UK]R.L. Stevenson Weir of Hermiston 289: Jo, sweetheart.

(b) a generic name for a person, e.g. joe average, joe citizen, the average man in the street; also one who has a job or position, e.g. joe plainclothes, a plain-clothes police officer, working joe one who is employed etc; see also combs. below.

[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict. 19: Joe, an imaginary person, nobody; as Who do those things belong to? Joe.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open [as cit. 1835].
[Aus]E. Dyson Fact’ry ’Ands 92: Why, man, it’s meat ’n’ beer t’ them Joes what go in fer bringin’ ther wanderers ’ome.
[US]A. Baer Two & Three 20 Jan. [synd. col.] Joe Moofus bamms his wife in the eye with a ham omlet.
[US]C. McKay Banjo 90: I don’t play no Black Joe Hymns.
[US]J.L. Kuethe ‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in AS VII:5 333: Joe—term used to designate anyone whose real name is unknown. When used with a place or profession ‘Joe’ indicates a perfect example of the type connected with that place or profession. Thus ‘Joe College’ is a perfect specimen of the college man. Often used with ‘himself’ as ‘Joe College himself’; ’Joe Artist himself.’.
[UK]J. Cary Horse’s Mouth (1948) 245: ‘Just how you say sah,’ said the poor old Joe.
[US]J.D. Salinger Catcher in the Rye (1958) 90: On my right there was this very Joe Yale-looking guy, in a grey flannel suit and one of those flitty-looking tattersall vests.
[US]M. Spillane One Lonely Night 89: His first order would be to sign warrants of arrest for certain political joes who are draining the state dry.
[US]E. De Roo Big Rumble 95: He’s got grocery connections, relief connections—a good joe.
[US]L. Block ‘Badger Game’ in One Night Stands (2008) 22: The average joe would have pegged him for a successful young businessman.
[US]H.S. Thompson Hell’s Angels (1967) 167: They were ‘joe citizens’.
[UK]N. Smith Gumshoe (1998) 39: I’m just an ordinary Joe, says 31-today Eddie Ginley.
[US]Chopper Mag. Jan. 60/2: You can’t fight the man, City Hall, and Johnny Joe Citizen. [Ibid.] 10/3: Joe Goodguy, sound citizen, that was me.
[UK]S. Berkoff West in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 107: I was an honest joe.
[US](con. 1967) E Spencer Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 218: Chattering away like Joe Dork.
[UK]Kirk & Madsen After The Ball 204: The average Joe or Jane will quickly get used to seeing the reassuring statement and the name of its sponsor.
[Aus]Tupper & Wortley Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Joe Citizen. A non-prisoner. Sometimes Joe Blow.
[Can](con. 1920s) O.D. Brooks Legs 218: He was a good Joe.
[US]B. Hamper Rivethead (1992) 117: He had his own designs on what he wanted to do with the budget and they surely didn’t include funneling any of it into the frayed pocket lining of Joe Lunchpail.
[US](con. 1949) G. Pelecanos Big Blowdown (1999) 148: Karras had told Boyle that this veteran was a good Joe.
[UK]Guardian Editor 25 June 8: So much for Edward as an ‘ordinary Joe’.
[UK]Guardian G2 28 June 8: Depressing news for Joe and Jane Average.
[UK]Guardian Weekend 29 Jan. 18: A lot of them are ‘average Joes’.
[US]C. Stella Eddie’s World 13: Two office Joes had a late night, brought their work home for the weekend.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 4: A man walked up – Joe Redneck – tall and fat. He wore a Stetson. He wore big boots.
[US]‘Touré’ Portable Promised Land (ms.) 175: With a few hundred channels at his disposal, Joe remote splays out on his couch like a King, demanding constant wish fulfillment.
[NZ]A. Duff Jake’s Long Shadow 64: The booze did this, to a lot of guys, turned them into Mike Tyson, from Joe-nobody to self-deluded heroes.
[US]T. Black Ringer [ebook] n.p.: I know these things, but your average Joe is in the fucking dark.

(c) (US) a (likeable) person, often used in direct address.

[US]T.A. Dorgan in N.Y. Eve. Journal 16 Jan. 12: ‘Look at that Joe.’ ‘Oh, it’s a pipe that I can skate if he can.’.
[Aus]C.H. Thorp Handful of Ausseys 163: Could you lend us ’alf adollar [...] I ain’t ’ad a feed since yisterdee, dinkum, Joe!
[US](con. 1943–5) A. Murphy To Hell and Back (1950) 77: Hey, Joe, you gotta ceegarette?
[US](con. 1950) E. Frankel Band of Brothers 266: We’re gonna have us a party tonight, and you’ll meet ’em. They’s good joes.
[US]Murtagh & Harris Cast the First Stone 113: Keep it yourself, Joe [...] you’re too much of a square guy for me.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 93: Okay, Joe, this round is yours.
[US]T. Willocks Green River Rising 212: Hank Crawford, a middle-class Joe from Fort Worth.
[US](con. 1949) G. Pelecanos Big Blowdown (1999) 296: Su was a good Joe.
[US]College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Joe (noun & vocative) A friend.

(d) (Can.) a French Canadian.

[Can]Globe and Mail (Toronto) 19 Apr. 6/6: Their waspish counterparts in Quebec always refer to ‘pea-soupers’ or ‘Joes’. The word ‘Frog’ in that connection went out of fashion 50 years ago [OED].

2. (also joey) in Aus. uses [orig. on the goldfields a trooper enforcing the regulations laid down by Gov. Charles Joseph LaTrobe (1801–75) (but note cit. 1859) and the cry Joe!/Joe-Joe!, issued by a miner at the approach of police].

(a) a policeman; spec. on the minefields.

[Aus]W. Kelly Life in Victoria I 191: I heard the swelling uproar and the loud chorus of ‘Joes!*’ (*Joe is a term of opprobrium hurled after the police ever since the diggings commenced, but the derivation is still a mystery. Some commentators trace it to the Christian name of Mr Latrobe; but this is an error; the ex-governor was never personally unpopular, except with the editor of the Argus).
[UK]Leeds Times 5 Feb. 6/1: He [...] heard many inflammatory speeches against the Government and the Joes and witnessed a row, wherein the Joes were worsted’.
[UK]‘Edward Howe’ Boy in the Bush 219: Policemen lounged about, striving to look unconscious of the ‘Joey!’ which the miners found time to shout after them in scorn.
[Aus]E. Dyson In Roaring Fifties 119: The air resounded with the yells of the miners, raised in warning and derision. ‘Jo! – Jo! – Jo!’.
[Aus]L. Ross From Rossiville to Victorian Goldfields 82: It had become the usual practice among the miners to shout joe, Joe, Joe, when a blue-coat appeared on the creek [AND].
[Aus]‘Henry Handel Richardson’ Aus. Felix (1971) 9: A woman [...] crying at the top of her voice: ‘Joe, boys! – Joe, Joe Joey!’ [Ibid.] 10: A line of foot police, backed by a detachment of light infantry, shot out [...] There were groans and cat-calls. Along with the derisive ‘Joeys!’ the rebel diggers hurled any term of abuse that came to their lips.

(b) in generic terms, a policeman, a trooper.

[Aus]W. Howitt Two Years in Victoria (1855) I 400: The well-known cry of ‘Joe! Joe!’—a cry which means one of the myrmidons of Charley Joe, as they familiarly style Mr. La Trobe.
[Aus]Illus. Sydney News 28 Oct. 234/3: Some of the police [...] were now ordered to fall back on the hotel for its protection if necessary. The Joe!, Joe! soon began and some boys threw stones at the windows [AND].
[Aus]Wallaroo Times (Kadina) 4 Nov. 3/4: The stupid and formerly incessant cry of ‘joe’ is seldom heard [AND].
[Aus]F.A. Hare Last of Bushrangers 11: Whenever a policeman or any other Government servant was seen they raised a cry of ‘Joe-Joe’.
G. Dunderdale Book of the Bush 108: At last I threatened to denounce him as a ‘Joey’ – he was in plain clothes – and have him killed by the crowd.
[Aus]E. Dyson In Roaring Fifties 108: Jo! was the favourite epithet hurled at the troopers and all representatives of constituted authority.
[Aus]N.F. Spielvogel Affair at Eureka 6: The Police Commissioner and his troopers (‘joes’ in digger parlance) [etc.] [AND].
[Aus]Baker Aus. Lang. 95: It was a natural development that police troopers should come to be called joes.
[Aus]Australian 26 Feb. R11: The cops were called ‘joes’, Moore notes, probably a derisive salute to their boss, the Victorian lieutenant governor, Charles Joseph La Trobe, commonly known as ‘Charley Joe’.

(c) by ext. of sense 2a, a term of abuse hurled at anyone who was not a miner.

[Aus]Illustr. Journal Australasia III. 65: ‘Did you go down dressed as you are now?’ ‘I did.’ [...] ‘Then I’ll be bound that you are annoyed because they called “Joe” after you’ [AND].
‘A Resident’ (J.H. Kerr) Glimpses of Life in Victoria 137: A friend [...] lately arrived [...] ventured one day among the diggings, wearing the conspicuous tall hat, which he had always been used to wear at home. He was instantly assailed by cries of ‘Joe, Joe.’.
[Aus]Lantern (Adelaide) 11 Dec. 6: ‘Yes, I ain’t got no blank objection to be interviewed, Joe.’ (The familiar term joe , I may mention, is a diggings fashion—my name is not Joseph.) [AND].
[Aus] Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Nov. 20/2: My dad who ‘followed the diggings’ tells me that to call a man ‘joe’ on the Vic rushes was the surest way of buying a fight.

3. (US campus, also joe house) a privy; thus as v., meaning to use a lavatory; joe-wad, toilet paper; also attrib. [supposedly f. the burning of the privies at Hamilton College on one Nov. 5, following the refusal of the President, Joseph Penney, to have them cleaned].

[UK] in N&Q VI (1946) 61/2: Feeling quite lively after my return, disguised myself, and went down and nailed up all the South College joe-doors [DA].
[US]B.H. Hall College Words (rev. edn) 272: joe. A name given at several American colleges to a privy.
[US]L.H. Bagg Four Years at Yale 45: Joe, the college privy.
[US]E.H. Babbitt ‘College Words and Phrases’ in DN II:i 43: joe, n. Water-closet [...] joe, v. To use the joe [...] joe-wad, n. Toilet-paper.
E. Pound letter 27? Jan. in Eliot Letters of T.S. Eliot 505: I enclose further tracings of the inscription discovered recently in the [...] city hall jo-house at Charleston, S.C.
[US]Berrey & Van den Bark Amer. Thes. Sl. §84.11: toilet, Joe.

4. (US campus) beer [the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co. of Milwaukee].

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 4: joe – Schlitz beer: Gimme a Joe.
[US]Eble Sl. and Sociability 36: The most frequent pattern of clipping is the loss of sounds from the ends of words: [...] joe, from Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company ‘beer’.

As a generic name

In compounds

Joe Bloggs (n.)

a generic name used for any otherwise unnamed man.

[UK]Guardian Saturday Rev. 12 June 2: Does it mean that our old friend Joe Bloggs has treated himself to a sex change?
Joe Blow (n.) [orig. the horn player in a band, who ‘blows’]

1. (Aus./N.Z./US) any man.

[US] in Our Navy 15 Mar. 30: Joe Blow [...] lets you look at this one [HDAS].
[US] ‘Jiver’s Bible’ in D. Burley Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.
[Aus]F.J. Hardy Four-Legged Lottery 174: Its price gradually increases. It gets the ‘Joe Blows’ as the punters put it.
[Aus]W. Dick Bunch of Ratbags 226: See yuh around, Joe Blow.
[US]Milner & Milner Black Players 258: I can find a better way of spending my life than behind Joe Blow’s desk for twenty-five, thirty dollars a day.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 93: Joe Blow doesn’t give a stuff about the flag or the Royals.
[US]S. King Misery (1988) 62: He is not just good old Joe Blow from Kokomo.
[US]H. Roth From Bondage 163: Joe Blow who comes in off the street to buy the Loft’s ninety-nine-cent special.
[US]F. Kellerman Stalker (2001) 528: If it were just Joe Blow, she would have taken out her gun to meet him.

2. (US Und.) a drugs carrier [blow n.3 (4)].

[US](con. 1930s) G. Fowler Schnozzola 107: An English gentleman, known as a Joe Blow, was commissioned to accompany the trunks to New York as their dummy owner. A Joe Blow is an intermediary who undertakes the delivery of something without having had actual contact with goods consigned to interested parties.
Joe Chink (n.) [Chink n. (1); the link of heroin (or properly opium) to the Orient]

1. a generic term for the Chinese.

[US](con. 1950s) C. Barbeau Ikon 59: Joe Chink’s on the other side of the hill.

2. (US drugs) a heroin addiction.

[US]‘A.C. Clark’ Crime Partners 8: A drug addict has to have that shit at certain times. It ain’t like a drunk, when Joe Chink says it’s time to fix it’s time to fix, with no shit about it [HDAS].
Joe Citizen (n.)

(US) an average person.

[US]Appleton Post-Crescent (WI) 26 Mar. 7/3: Mister Joe Citizen, the kind of gent most of us are.
[US]R. Price Breaks 289: They should be out arresting Communists [...] not Joe Citizens like me.
[US]N. Green Angel of Montague Street (2004) 15: You’re too mean-looking to be Joe Citizen.
Joe College (n.) (also college joe, Kid College) [SE college] (US)

1. a college boy, esp. one who is self-satisfied and self-indulgent.

[US]Judge (NY) 91 July-Dec. 31: 'Joe' College - Very collegiate.
[US]J.L. Kuethe ‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in AS VII:5 333: ‘Joe College’ is a perfect specimen of the college man. Often used with ‘himself’.
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Young Manhood in Studs Lonigan (1936) 354: You’re all dressed up like Joe College.
[US]‘Campus Lingo’ in Reading (PA) Eagle 20 Mar. 7/2: Strange indeed is the campus lingo these days of Joe College and Betty Co-ed.
[US]J.C. Hixson Word Ways 154: We do not know [...] who was the first Joe College, or apple-polisher [W&F].
[US]Kerouac letter 25 Aug. in Charters (1995) I 27: The G.A. with its orgiastic Joe Colleges.
[US]E. Hunter Blackboard Jungle 23: The crew-cut Kid College had not interested him.
[US]‘Vin Packer’ Young and Violent 60: I’m going to teach a bunch of joe colleges a course in juvenile delinquency.
[US]B. Moyers Listening to America 100: I started out at KU in ’66 as a real gung-ho Joe College.
[US]T. O’Brien If I Die in a Combat Zone (1980) 30: ‘Protect the college Joe,’ Barney said.
[US]H. Gould Double Bang 110: He was wearing khaki pants and black loafers with a ratty old tweed jacket. ‘Joe College,’ Edmund said.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 136: Ringing up drinks for the latecoming Joe Colleges.
[US]D.H. Sterry Chicken (2003) 64: Kristy’s dancing with some Joe College guy.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 77: He was a student at Notre Dame, a robust Joe-College kind of kid, husky and tall.
[US]F. Paley Rumble on the Docks (1955) 62: The new Joe College cops said there was nothing sadder than an ageing detective.
[US]M. Richler Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1964) 169: I’d heard he’d picked up with the Joe-college bunch.
[US]R. Gover One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding 124: I can’ stan t’think o’all them mothahless Joe College one-eyes I’ gonna haff t’work on.
Joe Cool (n.) (also Mr Cool) [cool adj. (3); note character ‘Joe Cool’ in Burnett Asphalt Jungle (1949)]

one who is, or more likely sees themselves, as sophisticated, wordly, etc.

[US]Cressey & Ward Delinquency, Crime, and Social Process 810: I got a sort of reputation around school. Everybody used to call me Mr. Cool and stuff.
[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 97: I just thought Mr Cool’d stay clear.
[US]J. Webb Fields of Fire (1980) 47: The angle is to put Kersey on the spot, and let the Colonel play Joe Cool and save us.
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 115: He’s aw ready tae steam in now, aw Joe-fuckin-Cool.
[UK]J. Cameron Vinnie Got Blown Away 7: ‘Mr Burkett wishes to make a statement on the murder case.’ ‘What murder case is that then?’ Mr Cool.
joe job (n.) (also jo-job) [SE job]

(US campus/teen) a menial, low-paid task.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 623: Joe boy, Joe job. One who is detailed for an unpleasant job (a ‘Joe job’): Can. army: since ca. 1940.
[US]M. Myers et al. Wayne’s World [film script] I’ve had plenty of jo-jobs; nothing I’d call a career. Let me put it this way: I have an extensive collection of nametags and hairnets.
Joe lunchpail (n.) [SE lunchpail]

(US) an ordinary working man.

A. Gingrich Coronet XLV 116: We’ve always tried to appeal to both Joe Lunch Pail and Sam Champagne Bucket [...] But we never patronize or condescend.
J.A. Irving Mass Media in Canada 155: He cannot be seduced into spending his disposable income foolishly. The case history of Joseph Champagne-Bucket parallels that of Joe Lunch-pail.
[US]Chicago Trib. 15 Sept. n.p.: Some of them are even being sent to school to learn how to talk to ‘Joe Lunch Pail,’ as one PR executive puts it [HDAS].
G.H. Green et al. GuyRules 132: We have decided to forgo any hero worship here and instead concentrate on ‘Joe Lunch Pail’.
E. Ratner Ready, Set, Talk! 104: Does it mean something to Tina Teenager or Joe Lunch Pail or Sally Soccer Mom or Glenda Gardener?
Joe Public (n.) (also Joe Pub, John Public) [SE public]

(orig. US) the general public, thus fem. Josephine Public.

Arizona Dly Star (Tuscon, AZ) 23 July 8/3: ‘With old John Public getting wise on this prohibition [...] the racket’s going to be plenty tough’’.
[UK] (ref. to 1920s) L. Duncan Over the Wall 58: I had read and heard about his exploits, but in my mind had pictured him more on the lines of John Public’s popular conception of a tough criminal.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 103: The hard-cutting broadsides that two foxy studs named Mencken and Nathan were beginning to shoot at Joe Public in the pages of The Amer. Mercury.
[UK]J. McClure Spike Island (1981) 229: D-and-Ds are a different matter, because you’ve got Joe Public involved here.
[UK]T. Blacker Fixx 256: Joe Public would doubtless wake up and join the party five or six years hence.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 9 July 15: But Joe Public has yet to rally round.
[UK]Guardian 14 Jan. 20: Say you, Joe or Josephine Public, smell something rotten around the Commons.
[UK]Observer 2 Jan. 7: Once it was middle-aged Joe Public senior who wielded the power.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 282: Going to [...] follow him till we’re safely away from Joe Pub.
Trinidad Express N'papers 6 Mar. [Internet] We have to send a much more stern message to the officers who think they can treat john and Jane Public as they please.
joe sad (n.) [SE sad/sad adj. (2)]

(US black) a miserable or unpopular person.

[US]H. Sebastian ‘Negro Sl. in Lincoln University’ in AS IX:4 288: joe sad Name applied to anyone unpopular or undesirable.
Joe Schmo (n.) (also Joe Schmoe, Joe Shmo, Joe Shmoe) [schmo n.]

(orig. US) anyone, ‘Mr. Average’.

Traverse City (MI) Record Eagle 23 May 1/3: Joe Schmo, who shares an office with six other guys in a Broadway loft, is in the business of publicizing such pillars of the American scene as second-rate movie, radio and flea circus stars and unpopular potmaine parlors.
Pottstown (PA) Mercury 18 Aug. 7/1: Time was running short for Joe Schmoe.
[US]J. Mills Panic in Needle Park (1971) 58: Like I might find old Joe Schmo today and buy three bags from him and find that one bag straightens me out.
[UK]Walker New Society in DSUE (1984) n.p.: Every Jo Shmo on the street will say ...
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 280: Other generics include: [...] Joe, an average guy, as in Joe Blow, Joe Schmo, Joe Six-pack and G.I. Joe.
[UK]Guardian Guide 13–19 Nov. 24: They don’t look too hot on Joe Shmoe from Vermont.
R.L. Travolta My Fractured Life 19: It’s on your second series that you become rich — where you go from being Joe Schmo on a show to it being The Joe Schmo Show.
Joe Shit (the rag man) (n.) (also Joe Crap) [shit n. (2)/crap n.1 (8)]

(US) an extremely contemptible person, a nobody.

[US]N. Mailer ‘A Calculus at Heaven’ in Advertisements for Myself (1961) 39: Listen, bud, you ain’t talkin’ to Joe Crap, see.
[US]E. Hemingway letter 4 Oct. in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 680: They could not lick Joe Shit let alone Mr. Tolstoi.
[US]D. Woodrell Muscle for the Wing 96: I’ll be dogged if it ain’t Joe Shit the ragman, live and in person.
in R.L. Brown Ghost Dancing on the Cracker Circuit xxii: You tell ’em you want to bring an alligator into their store and they look at you like you’re Joe Shit the Ragman.
J. Frayne Vitamin Wow 126: ‘Damn, they look like Joe-shit-the-rag-man.’ [...] Saudis did not wear a western-style uniform well.
Joe Six-pack (n.) [SE six-pack]

(US) an ordinary, beer-drinking man.

F. Gentles Deam On, America 479: To Mary Martini as well as to Joe Six-Pack, what the artist said was "Mother and Child, #3" looked more like a drunken monkey regurgitating on a combination pizza.
[US]N.Y. Mag. 5 Oct. 64: John Updike's imaginary basketball player from a drab burg in eastern Pennsylvania: Joe Six-Pack as a Durer drawing.
[US]Texas Mthly Sept. 96: Mike Meatball and Joe Six- pack. Put a couple of extra pleats on a basic pair of pants, and these guys were suddenly living in the fast lane.
[US]J. Crotty How to Talk American 395: Joe Sixpack: the average guy ‘I don’t think that gay rights measure is going to fly with Joe Sixpack.’.
[UK]Observer Business 23 Sept. 1: Economists had hoped consumer confidence –symbolised by the stereotypical American shopper ‘Joe Sixpack’ — would be resilient after the attacks.
[UK]Intelligent Life Nov./Dec. 116/1: Fewer ordinary retailers are stocking the basic Shaeffers and Parker Vectors that Joe Sixpack used once.
Joe Zilch (n.) (also joe zilsch) [zilch n.1 (2)]

(US) the average, otherwise unnamed man; also attrib.

[US] in Literary Digest 14 Mar. 65: ‘Joe Zilsch’ corresponds to ‘John Doe’ in the college world and is used indiscriminately to designate anyone, usually with a humorous intention [HDAS].
[US]J.L. Kuethe ‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in AS VII:5 333: Joe Zilsch—John Doe.
E.T. Hiller Social Relations and Structures 146: If we turn back to the old distinction between Joe Zilch as man and Joe Zilch as worker, then, assuredly, we shall come again on evil times.
US Congress House Committee on Appropriations Department of State Appropriations hearings 243: Are you part of that mysterious, ephemeral, unknown king-making group who decide that Joe Zilch will have the last job at point X?
J.E. Rosenzweig et al. Theory and Management of Systems 477: It is simply able to work faster and more tirelessly than you or I or Joe Zilch.
US Congress Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency hearings 333: The coaches get worked up to the point that it is a life or death matter whether Joe Zilch is ready for a Tuesday practice.
D. Faber Life of Lorena Hickok 306: I could put ‘Joe Zilch’ down for it [i.e. a job application] and it would not be questioned.
P.C. Light Monitoring Government 45: I passed the new Joe Zilch piece of handicapped elephant legislation.
(ref. to 1920s) ABC Classic FM (Aus.) [Internet] Robert Hendrickson says zilch goes back to the 1920s when the name ‘Joe Zilch’ was used to mean ‘a good for nothing college boy’ – someone who was a waste of space, and who was wasting his time.

In phrases

not for Joe (also not for Joseph) [ety. unknown; ? anecdotal; ? sense 1b above]

by no means, not on any account.

[UK]C. Selby London by Night II i: jack: Who’s to pay? ned: Whichever you please. jack: Oh! in that case you may as well settle it. ned: Not for Joseph! you asked me to tea.
’Not for Joe.’ [broadside ballad] Not for Joe... Not for Joseph, if he knows it [F&H].
[UK]J.C. Parkinson Places and People 106: There’s a vulgar song you may ’ave heard about the streets, ‘Not for Joseph;’ and I say, ‘Not for Joseph, never no more, at the savin’ game’.
[US]Atlanta Constitution 12 Mar. 1/3: When her sister asked her assistance at some work, she answered, ‘not for Joe’.
[UK]E.V. Page ‘The Magistrate’ [lyrics] And then we’ve the brat not higher than so— / He won’t go to school, he says ‘Not for Joe’.
[UK]Barrère & Leland Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.
quality joe (n.) (also quality folks) [ironic use of SE the quality, the upper classes + Joe Public (above)/SE folks]

(US drugs) a non-addict.

[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore 154: Quality folks [...] non addicts [...] Quality Joe – Person not addicted.
[US]Hardy & Cull Drug Lang. and Lore.
regular joe (n.) (also right Joe) [regular guy under regular adj./right adj. (1)]

a conventional, conservative person; as such seen as honest and dependable.

[US]N. Mailer Naked and Dead 463: He starts worrying whether you think he’s a right Joe or not.
[US]W. Burroughs letter 22 April in Harris (1993) 119: T. E. Lawrence and all manner of right Joes [...] was queer.
[US](con. 1966) P. Conroy Lords of Discipline 311: It’s kind of normal when I hear about regular Joes from the Corps getting zapped.
[US]R. Price Breaks 384: I hated Regular Joes.
[UK]C. Newland Scholar 23: She knew he wasn’t exactly a regular working Joe.
[US]J. Stahl I, Fatty 112: A party gal who lures a regular Joe to Hades with an opium pipe.
[WI]Jamaica Star 18 May [Internet] If some regular Joe like me gets caught up, our names are splashed across the headlines.