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Joe six-pack

Joe six-pack

Date: Oct 30 2008

Themes: News


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“It’s time that normal Joe Six-Pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency.”

- American vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on why she’s the right person for the job. (The Hugh Hewitt Show)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

an average American or regular guy who lives in a small town, doesn’t have a lot of money, and isn’t very well educated.

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

The race for the US presidency is coming to an end, with election day in less than a week. But in addition to the candidates, a lot of people are talking about the average American, particularly this guy Joe Six-Pack. Sarah Palin, who is the governor of Alaska and will be vice president if John McCain wins, claims to represent the average American and in fact be Joe Six-Pack. What does she mean?
Some people think Sarah Palin wouldn’t make a good vice president because she doesn’t have a lot of experience in politics and is less educated than most VP candidates. On the other hand, she appeals to many Americans who see her as someone who is just like them: a small-town girl from an average family who loves sports and knows how to shoot a moose.

In a recent interview, Sarah Palin said that people like the idea of an average American Joe Six-Pack being the vice president. Used in this way, Joe Six-Pack is positive, meaning someone who has simple tastes and understands the common man. But it can also be used in a negative way, to mean a stupid person who spends a lot of time sitting on his couch drinking beer and watching TV (a six-pack is a package of six cans of beer).


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“This movie might be too artsy for a Joe six-pack like me.”

“Most Joe six-packs like hamburgers and french fries better than fine French cuisine.”

“I’m proud to be a beer-drinking, truck-driving, working-class Joe six-pack.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

VOLTS I think Joes six pack refers to a lower middle class person.
by VOLTSSuper Member!
majid_jjs Slang. the average or typical blue-collar man.
by majid_jjs
highlook It means the normal or average American moron who likes watching baseball, drinking beer and supports his President.
by highlook
Joe six-pack = an ordinary person from working class
by fatemene
Reetah ordinary, 'nextdoor' guy or girl
by Reetah
tinyry the common American who has no political power
by tinyry

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danielle mathieu


It's impossible to get the record for all the text on Thursday lately.

I suggest to you if it would be possible to add the slow motion for the recording. It would be so useful for people are learnig English, especially for the characters who speak very fast and use a lot of contraction. Really it would be very helpful for us

03:15 PM Apr 20 2011 |



don`t be afraid :)  u won`t be :) `cause it definition is related only  to  americans :)

06:48 PM Aug 10 2009 |




One american hated to be called Joe. Probably he thinks, he is a Joe six-pack. He took it in a negative way.

02:52 PM Jul 04 2009 |



Palestinian Territory, Occupied

its a good lesson

08:06 PM Feb 05 2009 |




Sarah Palin is pretty women, but her fanatic religious is terrible!!! I like Barak Obama win US election.

07:39 PM Nov 27 2008 |




08:31 AM Nov 18 2008 |



So Palin is not well educated and has an alcoholic problem? This makes sence. Thats why she needs her strong religious fantasies like a guardrail. God bless America next tuesday (4th Nov.) ;-)

01:38 PM Oct 31 2008 |



United States

i think it means next door kinda folk…....awesome

09:52 PM Oct 30 2008 |




This slang seems to speak of someone that lives your life of simple form and without many preintations,a averange guy…

11:03 AM Oct 30 2008 |




He totally represents a normal, ordinary guy with not high social status

08:40 AM Oct 30 2008 |

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