James A. Landau JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Tue Aug 28 19:04:55 UTC 2001

It is not clear who invented the rickshaw/jinrikisha.  The theory most
commonly cited is that the inventor was not Japanese but was an American
missionary, the Reverend Jonathan Scobie, who needed a conveyance for his
invalid wife.  If this story be true, then it is possible, and perhaps
probable, that the Scobies coined the word "jinrikisha" to have a name for
their vehicle.  In this case, one wonders if the anglicization "rickshaw"
became widespread before the proper Japanese "jinrikisha".

        - Jim Landau

What nautical influence caused the Supreme Court case on abortion to be
labelled "row versus wade"?

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