On Sun, May 21, 2000 at 10:23:07PM -0400, Roger Mills wrote: > Douglas Koller wrote: > >In my idiolect at least, John/Jane Doe would be the name attached to a > >cadaver or missing person whose identity was unknown > > It just struck me that "Roe" in the famous Roe v. Wade decision was a dummy > name. Wouldn't this be an odd use-- to keep a person's name from becoming > public knowledge? As it would happen, "Roe" wrote an autobiography, called _I am Roe_. She never actually aborted her baby; the legal case was over whether she *should* have been able to. But she is still (when she is known) reviled and attacked today by anti-abortionists. Ed.