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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.reutershealth.com
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)