[Ads-l] factoid or foolishness?

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Tue Jul 7 17:37:03 UTC 2015


The OED's Etymology section on "J, n." is fascinating.

Among other things, curved forms of I/i -- that is, J/j -- were used before 1611 in Latin manuscripts (in initial and final positions) and in Spanish and German printed works.  (For both consonant and vowel sounds.)  The Channel must have been stormy.  Or the English were resistant to innovation.  Or ...


Joel
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"No J, No Jesus!"

It's that simple.

JL

On Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 12:38 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
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> > On Jul 7, 2015, at 11:47 AM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
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> > I vote for "error".  The Bible of Bibles, BibleGateway.com, proves =
> there are 942 occurrences of "Jesus" in the King James Version.
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> Well, there are none in the Old Testament, I'd wager, so we can =
> project...oh, nevermind.
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> > P.S.  If there's a runoff poll, I vote for "foolishness."
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> > Huffington Post:
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> > "The King James Version would make its debut in the year of 1611 =
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> > the letter J existed, so the name 'Jesus' did not appear once)."
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