November 27, 2022

Just a jaw-dropping letter, this “J”. Whether a jester or a joker, a jape or a jocus, there is a lot of joy to be found in this tenth letter of the English alphabet.

To those of you who might be wondering when this letter first came about, the formal answer would be in the 1500s, when Gian Giorgio Trissino, an Italian Renaissance diplomat, distinguished “I” and “J” as having different sounds. Before this, the letter “J” was merely used as a swash letter I for when Roman numerals would have three consecutive I’s. So for instance, the number 23 would be written as XXIIJ instead of XXIII as we write it now.

Before Trissino came into the picture, the letters I and J were different shapes for the same letter – so the letter J came about from variances in handwriting. However, as the Romance languages started to develop new sounds, the letter “J” came to represent sounds like /i/ and soft /g/.

So what other jubilant words does the letter “J” have to offer us? Check them out below.

Jamming

Jam-Packed

Jape

Jarabe Tapatío

Jaunce

Jauntily

Jaunty

Jaw-Dropping

Jazz

Jazz Dance

Jazz Up

Jazzed

Jazzily

Jazzy

Jeez

Jenkka

Jerkin’

Jessant

Jest

Jester

Jestful

Jesting

Jestingly

Jewel

Jeweled

Jig

Jig Ireland

Jiggish

Jigjog

Jimp

Jingle

Jitterbug

Jobbing

Jocose

Jocosely

Jocoserious

Jocular

Jocularly

Joculatory

Jocund

Jocundity

Joged

John Wall Dance

Join

Joint

Jointed

Jointly

Joke

Joker

Jokingly

Jolif

Jollily

Jolly

Jonkunnu Burry

Josh

Jota

Jove Malaj Mome

Jovial

Jovially

Joy

Joyful

Joyfully

Joyous

Joyously

Joysome

Jubilant

Jubilantly

Jubilate

Jubilation

Jubilingo

Judicious

Judiciously

Juggler

Juicy

Jump

Jumpstyle

Jumpy

Just

Just Like That

Justice

Justified

Justify

Justly

Justly Jammin’

Juvenescent

 

Isn’t it just joyous how many juicy and jocund letters begin with the letter that was never really meant to exist? Which of these “J” words do you love the most?

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