I wrote a complete post for the letter today.
I wrote, proofed as much as possible, linked, etc. I previewed my entry.
I even published it.
And then I realized that what comes after "I" is not "K" but, in fact, "J".
It’s not that I dislike the letter J at all, so please don’t think I have a bias. I guess I just got so excited with my K theme that it slipped my mind that it did not fit the right day. But that brings me to something funny about DC streets: there is no J street on purpose.
Some people think that because Pierre L’Enfant (who was quite an enfant, apparently, and prone to being a bit tantrummy) didn’t like some guy by the name of John Jay –or perhaps he wished to snub some secret love or harbored hatred of another man whose name bore a prominent letter J–, he omitted a J street in his design for the Federal City out of spite.
Back in the late 1700s, the letters I and J were nearly interchangeable, and therefore having both an I and a J street would have been redundant. Hence, no J street can be found here.
So there you have it: J gets snubbed once again– though definitely not on purpose.
Cheers to Pete L’Enfant!