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Difference between “Brown, Jones, and Robinson” and “Tom, Dick, and Harry”

Brown, Jones, and Robinson—(dated) used as a generic name for middle-class Englishmen:

  • A verbatim report of the conversation of Brown, Jones, and Robinson would be uninteresting.

Tom, Dick, and Harryanybody at all; the average person:

  • Thoreau’s great fault was disdain for men (for Tom, Dick, and Harry): inability to appreciate the average life—even the exceptional life.