2397The abagadary vagary
- Aug 31, 2006
> -----Original Message-----Thanks to Jim for raising the question of "abagadary", and to Victor for
> From: Jim West
> Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2006 4:29 PM
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> Subject: Re: [ANE-2] Tel Zayit and Izbet Sartah abagadaries
> May I ask a question?
> In the subject line the word "abagadaries" is used. Is this some sort
> of neologism or is it some sort of really profoundly corrupt version of
> Thanks for aiding my enquiry.
> Jim West, ThD
> From: "victor" <victor@...>
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> Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 17:54:21 +0200
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> Subject: RE: [ANE-2] Tel Zayit and Izbet Sartah abagadaries
> Seems Quite Elementary, it's a semiticization of ABeCeDiary, replacing the
> C with Gimmel. Cute of Brian to have thought of it.
answering it correctly.
Victor's use of "elementary" is appropriate, as "element" is supposed to
come from LMN (the sequence that starts the second half of the
Yes, it is my own neologism. We have previously discussed Peter Daniels's
"abjad" for "alphabet" (I said I would prefer to say "ab(a)gad"). And
"abagadary" is made acrophonic-ly from 'Alp Bayt Gaml Dalt.
I have to say that none of the dictionaries (Oxford, Collins, NZ) in my home
have "abecediary" or "abecedary" (a word I first encountered in Demsky's
study of the Izbet Sartah Ostracon, as "A Proto-Canaanite abecedary", Tel
Aviv 4, 1977,14-27, and I used it in the title of my first paper on the
proto-alphabet, published in Abr-Nahrain 26, 1988 without using that word,
which had puzzled people at the language-and-literature conference).
It is reasonable to use "abecedary" to apply to a copy of the Hebrew and
even the Greek alphabet (though it really belongs to the Roman alphabet),
because G (boomerang) produced Roman C.
So, "abagadary" is another *vagary* of mine (a "silly idea"), but I like it
because it is pretty 'fonetic', unlike <eibiisiid(iy)ariy>). All the a's in
abagadary are sounded the same (unlike "vagary" = veigeriy).
OK, even when I myself say the word, it will probably come out as
Brian Colless PhD ThD
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