Re: Hebrew: inconsistencies

From: John Cowan (
Date: Thu Jun 03 1999 - 13:47:52 EDT

Arno Schmitt wrote:

> How often to you have a no-final form at the end of a Hebrew word?
> (In what percentage of printed word does it occur in a foreign
> name?, in an abbreviation)?

Even if rare in Hebrew, it is surely not rare in Yiddish; Germanic
and Slavic languages are full of -p words.

> This will not do. Here as always, you do not give a reason.
> Do you have such an authoritarian mind that for you the only
> argument is "The relevant body has already decides" or do you not
> know the different between reason and apodictically statement?

"Reason" tells us to drive on the left side of the road, but we
do not care, because the overwhelming force of convention is the
other way; consequently, left-driving survives mostly on islands.

(For those who care, the argument for left driving comes from
the preponderance of right-handedness, about 85% of humanity.
That makes swords most easily drawn if worn on the left, which
mandates mounting horses on the left edge of the road and
then staying there. Motor traffic has to match with horse
traffic. Of course.)

John Cowan
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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