from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An unnamed or unspecified person or thing.
  • n. Informal A son of a gun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A placeholder name for a person or thing, used when a name is not known; a generic name.
  • n. Some thing or things.
  • n. Used for epithets such as SOB, bastard, etc..

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Some one or something not definitely named: commonly representing some person or thing in an imaginary or supposed instance: as, Mrs. So-and-so; was he wrong in doing so-and-so? Compare so ,adv., 5.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible


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  • Some would rush up with autograph books and have notes in the books—‘My name is so-and-so and you can reach me at such-and-such a number.’


  • The office had called one day in a panic and said that one of our relatives had called and said that she wanted to bring her fiancé and her name was so-and-so.

    Barbara Bush

  • If I don't know somebody, and … there's an instance where somebody was calling me and said, 'I got your number from so-and-so,' well, I may call so-and-so back and say, 'Did you tell them about my situation and everything?' Front Page

  • Sometimes we don’t make the effort with the new guy because we don’t have the time or energy to do the whole welcome to the club, my name is so-and-so, did you find everything alright.


  • That so-and-so is an editor of a major newspaper I don't find very impressive.

    Book Reviewing

  • Some guy in a pointy hat with stars on it shows up, and President so-and-so puts aside his own intuitive understanding that the economy is falling apart, because this guy has an equation that says otherwise.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Anti-Wal-Mart Astroturf

  • I didn't want to have the entire panel discussion on lj and then show up and say, "Well, on my lj I said this and so-and-so said that and then our friend said the other thing, so I'm done with this topic now."

    mrissa: Minicon report, with digressions

  • He was very fond of "when God was handing out brains, so-and-so thought He said trains, and he/she didn't want to go anywhere."

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • Waiting in the ICU Family Lounge is a cocktail of worry, stress, and boredom, so having something to say, "Oh, so-and-so sent me an interesting factoid about seaweed," about is a good thing.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • As an experiment, see how interested the nearest cop on the beat is in your complaint that so-and-so blew cigar smoke in your face.

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