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Old 01-08-2013, 05:12 PM   #91
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And whoever added the h to Jon just was wrong. It's Jon. There is, never has been and never will be a need for the h.
The h was never added. Jon is short for Jonathan, which means "God has given". It's distinct from John, which means "God is gracious".
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:15 PM   #92
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and there is no extra e in Kenny despite what mama put on the birth certificate...
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:17 PM   #93
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The h was never added. Jon is short for Jonathan, which means "God has given". It's distinct from John, which means "God is gracious".
The "H" you say!
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:19 PM   #94
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The h was never added. Jon is short for Jonathan, which means "God has given". It's distinct from John, which means "God is gracious".
And Jon came before John. The problem is too many people assume that Jon is John and add the h and make it all wrong. So let's do away with the h makine it just Jon and no more annoying mistakes.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:21 PM   #95
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And Jon came before John. The problem is too many people assume that Jon is John and add the h and make it all wrong. So let's do away with the h makine it just Jon and no more annoying mistakes.
Unless you were christened John, in which case that's what you want to be called
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:30 PM   #96
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John predates Jon by many centuries. Jon used to be a nickname for Jonathan, and only recently became a given name in its own right. If you include the names from which John is derived, the "h" goes back many more centuries. John and Jon look similar, but they aren't the same name at all.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:31 PM   #97
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Also, "Jonathan" is properly pronounced "Jo-nathan," as in "Jo-nathan, shovel out the john and fetch me some more terbaccer!"
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and there is no extra e in Kenny despite what mama put on the birth certificate...
That's almost as odd as that "c" she added at the end, there.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:51 PM   #99
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...it depends on which professional style guide you follow. Most every professional publication has its writers follow one specific style guide, and for those writers, the correct answer to any spelling or style question is whatever the most recent edition of the style guide they use says it is.

In the United States, at least, The AP (Associated Press) Style Guide is far and above the most-used guide, followed by The Chicago Manual of Style. Further confusing the matter, though, is the fact that most publications also have their own in-house style guides that are generally used to compliment The AP Guide, The Chicago Manual, or whatever other professional guide they follow....
This is somewhat off-topic, but in late-breaking news, violence continues between two rival gangs divided by their loyalties to the The Associated Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual Of Style. See 4 Copy Editors Killed In Ongoing AP Style, Chicago Manual Gang Violence for details.
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I prefer e-book, but it doesn't matter what I prefer. I think ebook will likely become standard, with eBook being virtually certain to be dropped.
The assumption that a single standard will emerge may be flawed. Electronic formats for novels are knee deep in the mainstream now, and opinions on nomenclature remain divided. While I would say "ebook" is already acceptable, I don't see it replacing "e-book" on sites aspiring to journalism and even "eBook" will likely persist on sites mainly interested in variegating their typeface.

There's no necessity driving sites to adopt a single standard, and as e-books as a category become less controversial, there's less necessity to refer to format at all except when expressly distinguishing from physical media.
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That's almost as odd as that "c" she added at the end, there.
There is actually a story behind that, but I won't bore you.
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This is somewhat off-topic, but in late-breaking news, violence continues between two rival gangs divided by their loyalties to the The Associated Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual Of Style. See 4 Copy Editors Killed In Ongoing AP Style, Chicago Manual Gang Violence for details.
Sort of a typo-tussle, a font-fight, a grammar-grapple eh?
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John is so much more interesting then Jon...

The john (who's name was John), paid the prostitute while sitting on the john.

(I'm not sure about proper capitalization.)

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Also, "Jonathan" is properly pronounced "Jo-nathan," as in "Jo-nathan, shovel out the john and fetch me some more terbaccer!"
You have that all wrong. Jonathan is pronounced [jon-uh-thuh n]
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e-books is not a word. A word with a hyphen has two separate words joined together by the hyphen to make one word. e is not a word on its own so it doesn't work. Take hard-won (for example), you have both hard & won that make up hard-won. Both are separate words. e is not a word so e-books is not valid.

If anything, the word that finally wins the battle is going to either be eBooks or ebooks. But e-books being invalid cannot be the word.
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