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  • JUWES as acronym for a union?

    It seems like a few years ago I read on this forum that the GSG was written on the side of a union building and the acronym for that union was JUWES? I can't find that discussion now. Am I wrong?

    Thanks

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    Iwec

    Hello Kwestmo. I believe that Tom Wescott conjectured that it might have been intended as an acronym for the International Workingmen's Educational Club.

    Perhaps that?

    Cheers.
    LC

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    • #3
      Two points,

      Acronyms were a rarity in 1888 Great Britain.

      Acronyms are written in capital letters, the wall writing was 'Juwes' and not 'JUWES' according to all transcriptions and descriptions.....well, almost ;-)

      Monty
      Monty

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      • #4
        Lynn:

        "I believe that Tom Wescott conjectured that it might have been intended as an acronym for the International Workingmen's Educational Club."

        Change "Club" for "Society" and you will be there, Lynn! "IWMES", thus - not "IWMEC".

        All the best,
        Fisherman
        Last edited by Fisherman; 02-24-2012, 10:30 AM.

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        • #5
          "Juwes" is just a way to utter "Jews" with contempt.
          Just compare what your mouth looks like when you utter "Jews" and "Juwes".
          Quite simple.

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          • #6
            acronyms

            Hello Neil. I'm not so sure. Perhaps you are right, but I have come across many in letters/diaries and news articles from the period. My take, for what little it is worth, is roughly the same as today.

            Cheers.
            LC

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            • #7
              alternate

              Hello Christer. Never thought of that one. Not sure they referred to themselves that way.

              Do you think there is something in it?

              Cheers.
              LC

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              • #8
                drawing out

                Hello David. Not sure what you mean. Is it that "Juwes" draws out the expression?

                Cheers.
                LC

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                • #9
                  Lynn:

                  "Never thought of that one. Not sure they referred to themselves that way.

                  Do you think there is something in it?"

                  I think it is slightly ingenious and a good example of thinking outside the box on Toms behalf. But I donīt think myself that the writing on the doorjamb said IWMES, no.

                  All the best,
                  Fisherman

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                  • #10
                    and now

                    Hello Christer. Thanks.

                    Your view, then?

                    Cheers.
                    LC

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                    • #11
                      In the US Lynn possibly.

                      Victorian Britain likes their long elaborate titles.

                      Monty
                      Monty

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                      Author of Capturing Jack the Ripper.

                      http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1445621622

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                      • #12
                        Monty:

                        "In the US Lynn possibly.

                        Victorian Britain likes their long elaborate titles."

                        Ugh, Wescott ... Take that!

                        The best,
                        Fisherman

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                        • #13
                          colonies, etc.

                          Hello Neil. Can't speak about acronyms in the colonies in that era having never researched it.

                          I referred to Victorian Britain.

                          Cheers.
                          LC

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                          • #14
                            Grand International Amalgamated Society Of Consolidated Socialist, Communist, And Anarchist Unions And Educational Clubs.

                            (Not enough wall)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by lynn cates View Post
                              Hello David. Not sure what you mean. Is it that "Juwes" draws out the expression?

                              Cheers.
                              LC
                              Hi Lynn. Sigh. So simple an experiment. Have you got a mirror somewhere ? Then look at you uttering "Juwes", then "Jews".

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