I need your help!

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Feb 10 14:15:35 UTC 2006

I should apologize for Grant. He's been working much too hard.


Grant Barrett <gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG> wrote:
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We totally missed a chance to mislead this fellow.

I'd say the curve on the J is the "chiv," the feet on an upper-case M
are the "brass knuckles" and the bulge on an uppercase P is sometimes
known as a "sapper."

On Feb 9, 2006, at 23:30, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> I'd call the upright part of the letter "J" the "shank" and the
> curved part the "hook" or "bend." I'd also call any horizontal line
> a "horizontal" and any vertical line a "vertical." The lower part
> of a "U" I'd call the "bend" or the "arc." A "V," on the other
> hand, I'd say has a "point" or an "angle."

Grant Barrett
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