[Ads-l] Jabs

Michael Everson everson at EVERTYPE.COM
Thu Feb 18 16:51:46 EST 2021

In Scots and throughout much of Scotland the term used is “jag”. From Northern Middle English. https://dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/jag_v

Jag, v.
[North. ME. jagge (a 1400, Morte Arthur), also jogge, and also e.m.E. jag(ge(1607). Of obscure origin; a parallel formation is the nearly synonymons Dag v.1In the mod. dialects jag ‘to pierce, prick’ is chiefly north. and (espec.) Sc.]
tr. and intr. or absol. To pierce, prick, stab.

Michael Everson

> On 18 Feb 2021, at 15:17, Margaret Winters <mewinters at WAYNE.EDU> wrote:
> From yesterday's NYTimes:
> At Rio’s Carnival, Vaccine Jabs Are In, Glitter and Samba Out <https://nl.nytimes.com/f/newsletter/8ldCbPcvf7FhSUdNcrK2vg~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRiD2CRP0TiaHR0cHM6Ly93d3cubnl0aW1lcy5jb20vMjAyMS8wMi8xNi93b3JsZC9hbWVyaWNhcy9yaW8tY2Fybml2YWwtY29yb25hdmlydXMuaHRtbD9jYW1wYWlnbl9pZD0yJmVtYz1lZGl0X3RoXzIwMjEwMjE3Jmluc3RhbmNlX2lkPTI3MTc5Jm5sPXRvZGF5c2hlYWRsaW5lcyZyZWdpX2lkPTI1Njk3ODAyJnNlZ21lbnRfaWQ9NTE3ODcmdXNlcl9pZD03YzNlYTU3ZjFiMWNkMzA2YjE1ZGExMmE0Y2Y2NmQxMVcDbnl0QgpgIZHbLGCDcw-yUhNtZXdpbnRlcnNAd2F5bmUuZWR1WAQAAAAA>
> Clearly we, Americans, are meant to recognize 'jab' as equivalent to 'shot' or 'injection'.
> best,
> Margaret
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