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kind of a random question...

so i have always heard of break up letters referred to as "dear john" letters. do you think that they are called "dear john letters" because the first person who ever recieved one was named john? lol random i know

 
SThompson21

Asked by SThompson21 at 11:41 PM on Dec. 5, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • I found this on WIki

    While the exact origins of the phrase are unknown, it is commonly believed to have been coined by Americans during World War II. Large numbers of American troops were stationed overseas for many months or years, and as time passed many of their wives or girlfriends decided to begin a relationship with a new man rather than wait for their old one to return.

    As letters to servicemen from wives or girlfriends back home would typically contain affectionate language (such as "Dear Johnny", "My dearest John", or simply "Darling"), a serviceman receiving a note beginning with a curt "Dear John" would instantly be aware of the letter's purpose.
    Liansmommie

    Answer by Liansmommie at 12:43 AM on Dec. 6, 2009

  • never heard of a break up letter...if you are gonna break up with someone you should tell them to their face anyways
    shay1130

    Answer by shay1130 at 12:12 AM on Dec. 6, 2009

  • I think it's more like "John Doe" as in anonymous or non specific male. I'm not sure though.
    AprilDJC

    Answer by AprilDJC at 12:21 AM on Dec. 6, 2009

  • I think its thejohn doe thing too...

    there used to be a tv show Dear John....long ago. lol
    hypermamaz

    Answer by hypermamaz at 12:43 AM on Dec. 6, 2009

  • Liansmommie that makes the most since.shay1130 its an old saying your right though but sometimes its not possible
    crazymom21

    Answer by crazymom21 at 12:48 AM on Dec. 6, 2009

  • I think it's just because John is a very common name and has been for centuries. Hence why we use the phrase "John Doe".
    justanotherjen

    Answer by justanotherjen at 1:29 AM on Dec. 6, 2009

  • lol hypermamaz I remember that show! I would never have thought about it had you not mentioned it. Wow, how old am I lol!
    AprilDJC

    Answer by AprilDJC at 1:42 AM on Dec. 6, 2009

  • LMAO... I don't think so... Probably just has to do with that he means nothing to you now... Like any guy out there...?
    SAMNMAYASMOM

    Answer by SAMNMAYASMOM at 3:45 AM on Dec. 6, 2009

  • LOL I saw a M*A*S*H episode that "Ugly John" Got a letter and Radar said he got a Dear John John Ohh Double John Thats bad .
    LOL
    I Love M*A*S*H

    As for your question LOL Probably.
    Mrs.Owen86

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 4:02 AM on Dec. 6, 2009

  • Liansmommy's answer seems appropriate.
    PrydferthMenyw

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 9:15 AM on Dec. 6, 2009

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