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Re: Personal Conjugation based on Closeness

From:Adam Walker <carrajena@...>
Date:Saturday, March 29, 2003, 2:11

 John Cowan <jcowan@...> wrote:
H. S. Teoh scripsit:

> The reason for all this complication is because you aren't supposed to > call people by their names if they're in an older generation; you *have* > to call them by the proper term. Quite often, the term itself becomes > their "name" as far as you're concerned.
It's common (almost obligatory) for Jewish boys to be named, at least in their Hebrew names, after their dead relatives, frequently their grandfathers (my friend Joe Zitt is Yosef ben Hirsh ben Yosef ben Hirsh ben Yosef etc. as far back as anyone can go). There's a story about a couple that named their son Zalman, after his great-grandfather Zeyde. (Zeyde = "Grandfather".) -- John Cowan They did something similar to this in my father's family (not Jewish). I am Adam Scott. My father is James Adam. His father was William Abner. His father was James Adam. His father was Isom. His father was James. At least the James has shown up every other generation for six generations. And I'm making a wild guess that proto-James had Adam for a middle name too. Maybe some day I'll be able to trace this clan back to the Scottish borderlands. I expect I'll find more James Adams there too. Adam (not James)