Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 20 14:34:13 UTC 2007

I don't know -  in the literal sense; I'm not trying to say politely
that you're wrong - about  Kafka being the ultimate origin, but I
agree, otherwise.


On 5/20/07, Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
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> In today's N.Y. Times "On Language" column, William Safire derives the
> satirical spelling _Amerika_ from the K in Ku Klux Klan.  While that
> derivation is obviously true of the spelling _Amerikkka_, I always thought
> that _Amerika_ derived from the German spelling and probably was
> specifically inspired by a Kafka book title.
> Fred Shapiro
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