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"We issued an explanatory public statement on May 5, which went out over my name."

What does it mean by "over my name"? Is it different from "under my name"?

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SnappyWhat does it mean by "over my name"?

Nothing. It is just wrong. You can say "over my head" but that is not the meaning you are looking for.

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SnappyWe issued an explanatory public statement on May 5, which went out over my name.

[ .......................................................................
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................. Public Statement ....................
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............................. By George Johnson

The "by-line" is at the bottom. It's under the public statement.

The public statement was over George's name as it appeared in print.

CJ

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SnappyWhat does it mean by "over my name"?

You have two choices here.

What does "over my name" mean?
What is meant by "over my name"?

Good use of quotation marks, though. Emotion: wink

CJ

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CalifJimThe public statement was over George's name as it appeared in print.

That is plausible, but seems a bit of a stretch...

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CalifJimThe public statement was over George's name as it appeared in print.

That is plausible, but seems a bit of a stretch...

I assure you, it's a real idiom. It may not be commonly used, but it exists.

Found online:

It is important to emphasize that this selection of articles is ... a partial presentation of his work ..., not simply because it presents only a fraction of the articles appearing over his name, but ...

A noteworthy incident occurred in 1964, when, in a lengthy tirade against avant garde tendencies in modern Western music published over his name, ...

... they believe ads like the one that Rendall ran last month over his name in Investor's Business Daily.

... he gave approval to have it published over his name.

CJ

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