Date: Tue, 21 Feb 1995 23:57:45 -0800

From: Anton Sherwood dasher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NETCOM.COM

Subject: jakes

Cathy Bodin asks:

"Jack" is obviously derived from French "Jacques." Now, can anyone

tell me why "Jack" is a nickname in English for "John" rather than

for "James," its translation from the French? Just wondering...

The usual(?) explanation is with the diminutive suffix -kin:

Jan-kin / Jon-kin Jack / Jock.

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