The name Jones is everywhere…
Before a recent session of the U.S. Olympic wrestling trials in Indianapolis, a coach stopped by the press table with a question for a reporter: "How can I get a Smarty Jones hat? I need to have a Smarty Jones hat.
The query came from Zeke Jones, a former world champion wrestler who will be a coach with the USA's 2004 Olympic wrestling team.
"Maybe there's some common bond between the name," Jones says. "Maybe the name is so generic that one way a Jones gets to be intimate with his name is through other ones ... That's why I want the hat."
Get along goes along... Smarty Jones, born Feb. 28, 2001, was originally named Get Along after his mother, I'll Get Along.
Pat Chapman, who owns the horse along with her husband, Roy, soon realized the horse had the same birthday as her mother, the late Mildred McNair. She decided to a $100 fee to officially rename him after her mother.
Calling the horse Mildred didn't sound right. She opted for her mother's childhood nickname. Smarty Jones. That's what her mother had been called by her grandparents, the Joneses, because of her spunky personality as a youngster.
All over the map…
Jonesville, North Carolina
Jonesville, South Carolina
By the book…
According to Webster's dictionary, the word jones is a slang noun meaning "an addiction to a drug" or "any strong or compulsive craving."
slang : to have a strong desire or craving for something < he was jonesing for a drink >
Name that tune
"Along Came Jones" - The Coasters
"Me and Mrs. Jones" - Billy Paul
"Basketball Jones, I Got a Basketball Jones" - Cheech & Chong
Jones X Jones
The smart set
The Jockey Club registers the names of Thoroughbreds in The American Stud Book. Among other names in the active registry: Jones Arena, Jones Bluff, Jonesboro, The Jones Boy, Jones Choice, Jones Duran, Jonesey's Devil, Jones Falls, Jones' Flash, Jones Hall Cheese, Jonesin' Rage, Jones Lake, The Jones' Maid, Jones Never Scores, Jones Reserve, Jonesrizyrita, Jones Tale, Jones Time machine and Jonesey's Boy.
Keeping Up with the Joneses
Meaning: Maintaining an appearance of affluence and wealth for the benefit of others.
Origin: Jones is an extremely common surname in the United States and in this phrase is meant to be a generic term for the neighbors. The phrase makes much more sense when you say keeping up with the neighbors.
It is a common practice in suburbia for neighbors to be fiercely competitive and to continually try to have the nicest of everything in the neighborhood.
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