English words beginning with <j> pronounced [Z]?

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Tue Jan 22 15:26:33 UTC 2008

And in Sir John Harrington's _Metamorphosis of Ajax_, the name "Ajax" is pronounced in such a way as to be punningly homophonous with "a jakes" (that is, 'a privy').


---- Original message ----
>Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 09:31:59 -0500
>From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>At 8:20 AM -0500 1/22/08, Dennis Preston wrote:
>>I believe the recommended Shakespearian version was /Jekwiz/ not /Jakwiz/.
>Right; I knew mine didn't sound quite right vocalically, but I was focusing on the consonants.

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