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Kennedy John or Jack?

Discussion in '11/22/63' started by Andrew.W, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. Andrew.W

    Andrew.W New Member

    Hello! I have a question.
    Why at Part6:The Green Card Man, Chapter 29, 7 when Kennedy calls Amberson he submitted as Jack Kennedy: "The nasal New England voice that responded sent a chill up my back. This was a man who would have now been lying on a morgue slab, if not for Sadie and me. “Mister Amberson? Jack Kennedy here. I . . . ah . . . understand that my wife and I owe you . . . ah . . . our lives..."?
    And another at Chapter 29, 8: "When they were gone, I unfolded the tiny square. It was a page from his notebook. He had written three sentences, probably while I was on the phone with Jack Kennedy."
    I've seen it at russian translation and at original language text (that I seen).

    P.S.: sorry for my english.
    P.S.S.: we don't speek "pokhoda, cyka", we speek "Idi, suka" or "poshla, suka".
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2014
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  2. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Welcome to the board. Your English is good, but I'm missing the question. What exactly was it? Thanks.
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  3. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....John Fitzgerald Kennedy...or JFK...was his given name, but according to the National Historic Site-Jack is a common nickname for John and it is what his family called him when he was growing up.
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  5. Andrew.W

    Andrew.W New Member

    Thanks for the answer, GNTLGNT! I understand now. But should not he was to introduce as John? Whole world knows him as John Kennedy.
  6. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    In America, using a nickname ("Jack" instead of "John", in this case) is sign of affection or a feeling of closeness. The speaker, by using Jack, is showing that he either was close to the President, or felt close enough to be informal with/about him. In the case of politician, that sort of familiarity is a good thing--it means someone is both a likely voter and will encourage others they know to vote for you :)
  7. Andrew.W

    Andrew.W New Member

    Oh, thank you for the detailed answer. Now I completely understood. :)
  8. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    Good to have you here, Andrew. :)
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  9. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Welcome Andrew W. We have another Russian member here named @Lina

    I hope you enjoy posting here! :cheerful:
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  10. Lisey Landon

    Lisey Landon Well-Known Member

    Welcome, Andrew! Don't worry about your english, many of us are non native speakers, and the ones who are, are patient with our mistakes :)

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...and as a nurse, I like that better, than mistakes with my patients.....
  12. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    At work there is a doctor who has the name John but another doctor will say "Send a copy to Jack _____". The girls from the Philippines did not know Jack was a nickname for John and so had a hard time finding his name in an automatic list for faxing.
    So I guess it is not common knowledge if you speak ESL.
  13. 91rewoT

    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

    Welcome Andrew! Good post, and by the way, your English is just fine!
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  14. ghost19

    ghost19 "Have I run too far to get home?"

    Welcome sir. Hope you enjoy the SKMB.
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  15. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    It's Jack for John, Jackie can refer to a man or a woman, and Jacko is a different creature altogether.
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  16. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side


    This is the Jacko prufrock21 is referring to, @Andrew.W ;)
  17. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    That it is!
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  18. booklover72

    booklover72 very strange person

    Welcome to the SKMB Andrew.
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  19. Cristian M

    Cristian M Well-Known Member

    your avatar picture immediately made me think of the cup of liquid s)h)*t) from IT novel by SK :)
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  20. Cristian M

    Cristian M Well-Known Member

    Jacko is just hideous in the picture :(
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