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- An example of when you might use the expression "so-and-so" is when someone at a party told you that the stock market was crashing but you don't remember her name. You might say "so-and-so said the stock market is crashing."
- An example of so-and-so is when you call someone a stupid so-and-so.
So-and-so is used as a stand-in for a name that you aren't sure of, or in place of using a vulgar expression.
Informal some person or thing whose name is either not specified or not known: often used euphemistically in place of a strong or vulgar, disparaging epithet
An unnamed or unspecified person or thing.
Informal A son of a gun.
- (idiomatic) A placeholder name for a person or thing, used when a name is not known; a generic name.
- She told me to ask so-and-so, but he didn't know, either.
- Some thing or things.
- He will tell you to do so-and-so, but read the instructions first, anyway.
- (euphemistic) Used for epithets such as SOB, bastard, etc..
- That miserable so-and-so messed up my work!
(plural so and sos)
- Alternative spelling of so-and-so.
- These changes were typically made with little fanfare; there was just a simple announcement that the role of "John" would now be played by "so-and-so," and viewers would simply have to get used to the new actor in the role.
- Amidst the hoopla about who's cheating on who, who's having who's baby, when so-and-so will get caught and various other shenanigans, soap opera ratings seem to take a bit of a backseat - at least to the audience.
- The last of our love games that actually work is the "I'll just inquire of so-and-so, if so-and-so is available," all done of course, with the intent of it actually getting back to the desired so-and-so.
- Resources often list people as being "credited" and often names so-and-so as the inventor of this for video game and that for consoles.
- In addition to being frustrating, it can hurt a diet by making you think you'll never lose weight and look like so-and-so.