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.
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?'
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.