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At 11:30 am -0700 18/10/00, LeoMoser([log in to unmask]) wrote:
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>In Esperanto, all names of persons and places
>(proper nouns) must have the same ending -o.

Although in his own translation of the Old Testament, Zamenhof did allow
proper names also to end in the normally adjectival -a, or to end simply in
a consonant, e.g.:

Noa (acc, Noan)
Jesaja [Isaiah]
Jeremia
Hos^ea  (i.e. s-circumflex)
Obadja [Obadiah]
Zeh^arja [Zechariah]
etc.
etc.

But, rather oddly, Joshua is _Jos^uo_.

Abraham
Jozef
Jakob
Samuel
David
Ijob  [Job]
Amos
Jeh^ezkel  [Ezekiel]
etc
etc
etc

Ray.

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