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Re: The Left Handed Wrench

The John Jay thing is a myth; here’s the Snopes article — basically, I and J were still the same letter 200 years ago, so you wouldn’t have two streets with the same name. Noah Pollak tells me that the new organization’s name may come from The Nation magazine’s blog by that name. The blog describes itself this way: “That mythical street between L and K is a metaphor for all that should be in the nation’s capital but isn’t: voices marginalized or ignored, ideas too radical or unpopular for the mainstream, movements elided or dismissed.” Am I being too picky by pointing out that the letter J comes before K, not after?


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