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USAGE: James/Jack (was: Judajca)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 27, 2002, 18:19
Roberto Suarez Soto scripsit:

> - The christian apostol Santiago (James? Jack? I don't know how > you call him there) is buried in Galicia, in the city that is > named after him: Santiago de Compostela.
St. James. The fact that English "Jack" is phonetically similar to French "Jacques" is an accident; "Jack" is a hypocoristic form of "John". Thus my cousin John Cowan is called Jack, at least within the family, whereas I am always John. -- What is the sound of Perl? Is it not the John Cowan sound of a [Ww]all that people have stopped banging their head against? --Larry