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08-20-2004, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by AG9NK35DT8
actually i have one of his hockey cards from russia, and his name is spelled with a "j" instead of a "y", guess maybe a "y" inthe u.s is like a "J" in russia
Was the card in Russian or English?

I'm not linguist by any means (nor would I aspire to be), but in Latin there is neither a "Y" or a "J", just "I". E.g. Julius Caesar spelled his name Iulius. You can see the visual connection between "J" and "I". I would presume that "Y" is a later descendant from "J", but who knows. Regardless, since Russian isn't a Romance language this doesn't do any good.

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