JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen The Vilna GA'ON #general

Judith Romney Wegner
 

On a point of information: Two recent messages in the Digest
inadvertently gave the title of the Vilna GAON as GOAN -- a typographical
error. I take the liberty of pointing this out now, lest the incorrect
order of the vowels become imprinted on everybody's brain, thus
perpetuating the typo to all eternity (-:). (In my lexicon, a Goan would
be a native of Goa!)

"Ga'on" is actually the Hebrew noun GA'ON, meaning in this context
"Excellence." So the Title is roughly equivalent to "His Excellency"
or "Your Excellency."

Judith Romney Wegner

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