Sunday, August 28, 2022

Recurring vowel joke


Clerkmanifesto apologizes for making a joke about omitted vowels for two blog posts in a row now. 

This was due to an unfortunate timing error. The fact is that we make some kind of a joke about needing vowels (ndng vwls) with some regularity around here, but we usually remember to separate those jokes by a couple hundred of other blog posts. This keeps the joke, if not fresh, then like a dear old friend it's a familiar pleasure to reencounter.

This begs the question: Why do we like this joke so much?

It's a tribute to our ancient Jewish heritage. 

The Torah was delivered sans vowels. That's right, the bible has no vowels at all! That almost seems like a joke in itself, but it's not. It's just consonants all the way from:

n h bgnnng gd crtd h hvn n t rth

clear to:

n n ll ht mghty hnd, n n ll tht grt trrr, Mss shwd n h sght f ll srl

Of course, that's a translation to English, which makes it look complicated.

Mostly in the Hebrew we all have it secretly memorized, so it's not an issue.

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