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Post 1067, 1967, 1387, 5737: What's In a Date?
Created by John Eipper on 10/02/18 4:23 AM

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1067, 1967, 1387, 5737: What's In a Date? (Edward Jajko, USA, 10/02/18 4:23 am)

In response to David Duggan (September 30th), my post does say 1067 (and all that), the reason being that it went through numerous drafts, at least one of which included typographical errors. I seem to have neglected to save a corrected, near final version, and this frail and aging iPhone, reflecting its aging--aged?--owner, deleted the good version, perhaps out of spite or political disagreement. Or since I type on it with one finger, perhaps out of a misperception of insult.

I caught the error in dating too late. There are other infelicities in the text. As for the year, I concede to David Duggan. But in belated self-defense, let me say that instead of (June) 1967, I might have said "the waning days of the month of Safar and the first days of Rabi' al-Awwal, 1387 A.H.," or "the waning days of Iyyar and first days of Sivan, 5737," of the Jewish calendar. If I could find my book on calendars, I might be able to supply the Coptic year as well. Egyptian newspapers used to have the date of the current issue in all three systems, and perhaps still do. The Wikipedia article "Arabic names of calendar months" shows the possibilities for generating confusion and error. And there's an entirely different calendrical system and year in Iran.

But the fault in my message lies not in these problems but in me. Mea culpa.

JE comments:  Edward Jajko's erudition is matched only by his modesty.  As for WAIS, many a splendid discussion has been spawned by a typo.  How is it that the four years mentioned here all end in 7?

Ed--you compose your virtuoso WAIS posts on an iPhone?  You're from Silicon Valley and all that, but where do you find the stamina?  If I don't have a full (and real, with buttons that "give") keyboard at my disposal, I limit my communications to LOLs, cat photos, and the occasional smiley-face.

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