Gi—-t: Member of a Prominent Local Family
A Gi—-t is someone who belongs to a deep-pocketed local family. This particular family has been mentioned from time to time on the LU blog and Facebook, but every time their last name is used in full, certain members of that family attempt to have The LaFayette Underground shut down.
After an article about local hoodlum youth stealing signs in Ringgold, a junior member of the Gi—-t family e-mailed the Underground to complain about our usage of his last name, as quoted below:
- “You need to stop bringing up my family and reffering to them in anything you say. You don’t deserve to be able to utter the word Gilbert. My brother has nothing to do with the sign insident and I’m so sorry if we have hurt your tender feeling somehow, but you need to quit your vigilante work and do something constructive. Last time I looked you are not LU Ringgold. All you are is a coward and that is all you will ever be and nothing more.
- “WADE GILBERT”
In deference to young Wade’s feelings, we have adopted the Orthodox Jewish style of omitting middle characters of a sacred name to avoid defaming it.
From the Jewish Virtual Library:
- “Jews do not casually write any Name of God. .. Judaism does not prohibit writing the Name of God per se; it prohibits only erasing or defacing a Name of God. However, observant Jews avoid writing any Name of God casually because of the risk that the written Name might later be defaced, obliterated or destroyed accidentally or by one who does not know better.
- “It is worth noting that this prohibition against erasing or defacing Names of God applies only to Names that are written in some kind of permanent form, and recent rabbinical decisions have held that writing on a computer is not a permanent form, thus it is not a violation to type God’s Name into a computer and then backspace over it or cut and paste it, or copy and delete files with God’s Name in them. However, once you print the document out, it becomes a permanent form. That is why observant Jews avoid writing a Name of God on web sites like this one or in BBS messages: because there is a risk that someone else will print it out and deface it.
- “Normally, we avoid writing the Name by substituting letters or syllables, for example, writing ‘G-d’ instead of ‘God.'”