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Wed, 2 Jun 1999 09:23:31 -0500
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Have thee considered "Isaiah's" or "Josiah's" Tavern?  Thy funny spelling could
simply be cultural or imaginative depending on the spellin talents of the owner!

Both are good biblical names but hard to imagine them associated with a tavern!

Good luck.

David Arciero (list member for years; lurker til now)

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from "A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State
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> This may be a little bit off the core subject area, but I have a reference =
> in a journal from the 1790s to a place called "Ysayos Tavern", which made =
> no sense to me.=20
> I have a reference in the same general geography to a man "Isaac" who had =
> a tavern.
> Since I would pronounce "Isaac" as "I-sack", I could not make a connection.=
> Recently I heard someone pronounce an organization name which started with =
> "Isaac" as "I-say-alk" and suddenly the phonetic 18th century "Ysayos" =
> seemed not so far off.
> Does anyone have any insights on whether "Isaac" would be pronounced in =
> this manner in the late 18th century - or any other time for that matter?
> .