"Prediction is difficult, especially about the future." -- Yogi Berra
Question #93466 posted on 01/20/2021 3:14 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was thinking the other day, and every name abbreviation I can think of has the letter J in it. AJ, KJ, BJ, DJ, and like every other combination. I don't know if I've ever met someone who uses letter abbreviations in a name that doesn't have a J. Am I right or am I going crazy? Is there a reason J seems to make such a good letter?

-The Old Bookshop


Dear The Ol' Bookshop,

What immediately what came to my mind was D.W. from Arthur! Most commonly known for this line:


But ya know, I feel like the majority of abbreviated names are due to the "J" standing for Jr... Does that mean I should start calling Carl Jr. "CJ"? 

-Goldie Rose


Dear you,

Well, besides sports stars, I'd say you are mostly right. There is, however, one that sticks out to me: KC and don't forget PT, as in PT Barnum.

-Sunday Night Banter


Dear aged tome vendor,

Um, hello?




Dear OB,

'Cause J is the coolest letter of the alphabet? Also, I found this page with some common abbreviations, and the only non-'J' one there was PT, but then you have famous people like MLK and FDR. Heck even (mostly) normal people can have initialed nicknames like BDG! I think it's just if the letters sound cool together.



Dear you,

J truly is the best letter in the alphabet. It is a proven fact that people with J names are intelligent, witty, and all-around spectacular. As the writer C.S.J. Lewis once said, "True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. Indeed, the people who exemplify this virtue have names with the letter J."

- J. Writer


Dear Booke Shoppe,

Wow, so quick to forget the notorious RBG. I'm very disappointed.