how did men who pick up prostitutes get the nickname "John"?

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Exactly as BellaCat mentioned. The term "John" was used to maintain anonymity. Here's an excerpt from an article about prostitution:

    "The customers of prostitutes are known as johns or tricks in North America and punters in the British Isles. These slang terms and acronyms are used among both prostitutes and law enforcement for persons who solicit prostitutes. The term john may have originated from the customer practice of giving their name as "John", a common name in English-speaking countries, in an effort to maintain anonymity. In some places, men who drive around red-light districts for the purpose of soliciting prostitutes are also known as kerb crawlers."

    What an interesting question! :)

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Picking Up Prostitutes

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Its like "John Doe" its a common name for a man whose name you don't really want to know.

  • 1 decade ago

    like the person above me said

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