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Re: [X] vs. [x]

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Saturday, March 27, 2004, 19:21
Philippe Caquant scripsit:

> My wife didn't know the word "palochka" being used for > "I", although she's Ukrainian, and Ukrainian alphabet, > like Bielorussian, uses I.
Ukrainian-Byelorussian I/i is not the same as palochka -- in particular, the U-B letter (which is the legitimate descendant of Greek iota, as reversed-N is of Greek eta) has separate case forms, which palochka does not. Palochka is used *only* as a diacritic, never as anything else. -- John Cowan "The exception proves the rule." Dimbulbs think: "Your counterexample proves my theory." Latin students think "'Probat' means 'tests': the exception puts the rule to the proof." But legal historians know it means "Evidence for an exception is evidence of the existence of a rule in cases not excepted from."