If you know jack s**t about Jack, allow us to enlighten you

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A WORD IN THE HAND: JACK

If you know jack s**t about Jack, allow us to enlighten you

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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When it comes to English idioms, some names seem to pop up more than others.

Take Jack, who appears in all sorts of rhymes and expressions. You can find him jumping over candlesticks or climbing beanstalks, or lifting up cars so their tyres can be changed or eating all the lean meat so his wife can have the fat, or murderously ripping up women in Victorian-era Whitechapel or doing absolutely nothing (or doing obscene somethings), or applying himself to all trades or, occasionally, representing humanity in the form of “every man jack”.

Jack even had to triplicate himself when appearing in the ear-watering 1970s band from SA with only one Jill...

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