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Re: where are the proofers???
- Subject: Re: where are the proofers???
- From: Ira Apple <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 15:15:13 -0500
Your theory may be correct, but it sounds a lot more like a Mel Brooks routine
then it does legitimate etymology.
Shel Swartz wrote:
> >> Jewlery (jewelry)
> >This is entirely correct. The original spelling of the word is
> >``jewellery'' (as in the result of a jeweller's craft). Blame the
> >divergent spelling on Noah Webster.
> How about this notion: Jews were so-hated in (I beklieve) the 16th
> centuiry, that in Europe at least, they were forbidden to use currency; in
> fact, merchants didn't even want their business. So they (my theory) may
> have been forced to use precious gems to trade for various things...this the
> term "Jew-elry".
> It would happen that later on, many Jewish people would become some of the
> world's finest and largest jewelers.
> :) shel