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July 06 2013

An A to Z of... Joss Whedon. An eclectic look at Joss' career to date.

Guys correct me if I'm wrong but is the bolded/underlined not false?

"J is for...Joseph. Joseph Hill Whedon. You might have been fooled into believing Joss is short for Jocelyn (thank you Joss Stone and Joss Ackland) but it is also an acceptable diminutive form of Joseph, for those who find Joe or Joey too macho."

I thought he legally changed his name to Joss which is chinese for luck. It is not short for Joseph as far as I know.

Edited. Also Nathan wasn't in Dollhouse. And since when was Joss a writer on Thor? He directed the post-credit scene and that was it as far as I know.

[ edited by eddy on 2013-07-07 02:17 ]
eddy I found a few things I didn't agree with in that article. Biggest one is the way the author phrased that bit about Joss's name - Joss Ackland is, and always has been, quite decidedly male. So don't go thanking him for Joss being a short form of Jocelyn, or he might get very cranky with you.

(ETA: Ok, apparently his full given name is Sydney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland, which is still not female.)

(ETA part deux: According to the fantastic website "Behind the Name":
"JOCELYN
GENDER: Feminine & Masculine
USAGE: English, French
PRONOUNCED: JAHS-lin (English), JAHS-ə-lin (English)
Meaning & History
From the Germanic masculine name Gautselin, which was derived from the name of a Germanic tribe, the Gauts. The Normans brought this name to England in the form Goscelin or Joscelin, and it was common until the 14th century. It was revived in the 20th century primarily as a feminine name, perhaps an adaptation of the surname Jocelyn (a medieval derivative of the given name). In France this is a masculine name only.

VARIANTS: Jocelin, Josceline, Joselyn, Josslyn (English), Josselin (French)
DIMINUTIVE: Joss (English)
MASCULINE FORM: Josselin (French)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Gautselin, Joscelin (Ancient Germanic)"

So...male or female. Ya learn something new every day!)

Also...X-Men over Xander? Angel instead of Avengers? Waterworld...at all???

Some of the stuff was fairly contrived - U for University. Why not Wesleyan for W instead of Waterworld, and "Ultimate X-Men" for U?

Oh well. TEHO, as they say.
They should've did M for The Matrix since its one of his favorite films. or Marvel considering how much he's worked for them. F for feminism since they already did S for Serenity. A for atheist lol.
ShadowQuest, Joss did Astonishing X-Men
Much Ado is Joss's "decent effort at Shakespeare"? Decent? Blogger, I do bite my thumb at thee.

[ edited by kishi on 2013-07-07 09:38 ]
I had never heart the Q one (about "quitting"). Does anyone know an interview where he said that?
Weed-ons? Whedites?
Try again.
I remember Joss talking about not wanting to do TV after Firefly but I don't think he said said he'd quit the entertainment industry. Maybe someone should tweet him the article for clarification lol.
Joss is short for Joseph. He's mentioned it before, most recently on The Colbert Report.

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