From a small conversation I overheard while waiting for and riding on an elevator: Now all we have to is get these documents over for a few John Hand Cocks and they'll be ready to go.
What did you say they needed? (I wanted to add, yep, I heard it too, but I didn't.)
[separating each word] They need some John... Hand... Cocks. It means signatures.
Yeah, I know what it means, but it's John Hancock.
John Hancock. One word, no "D".
Are you sure, because I've been saying it for years my way and no one has ever mentioned anything about me being wrong.
Yeah, I'm positive. It comes from a guy's name. [At this point, I still have faith in the common person.]
I always thought it was from when they used to write with feathers.
Nope, it was the guy who signed the Emancipation Proclamation. His signature on that is famous.
Oh, I guess that makes more sense.