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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

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The suppression of all the good jokes in the Bible. It's not mentioned here, but I understand that in Hebrew Genesis 38:28:
And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.
And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.
Is an absolute scream, Pharez being a quick-footed pun on an opening and pushing your way out. So, perhaps just an awful lot of jokes got lost in translation in the 16th century. (Pharez by the way is the name that connects New Republic owner Marty Peretzwith MacLamity favorite Georges Perec).