From Butter’s news serial, 2nd August, 1622:

The certaine Newes

of this preſent Weeke.


Poſts from ſeuerall places, but chiefly
the progreſſe and arriuall of Count Mansfield
with the Duke of Brunſwicke into Champeny in
Fʀᴀɴᴄᴇ; and the ioyning of ſundry of the
Princes with them, &c.

With the preparation of the French

King to reſiſt him : And what great feare Count
Mᴀɴꜱꜰɪᴇʟᴅꜱ vnexpected arriuall hath
put all Fʀᴀɴᴄᴇ in, &c.

Out of the best Informations of Letters and
other, this ſecond of August 1622.

Printed by I.H. for Nathaniel Butter, and are to
be ſold at his ſop at the ſigne of the Pide Bull
at S. Auſtins Gate. 1622.

I’ve transcribed this from p. 197 of Andrew Pettigree’s masterful The Invention of News: How the world came to know about itself. I can cope with most of it, but ioyning has me puzzled.

  • 13
    That's "joining".
    – JEL
    Jan 4, 2016 at 19:38
  • 5
    That first ‹i› is now spelled with a ‹j› ... ‹j› is in origin a long (often terminal) form of ‹i› which over time came to be used exclusively for the consonant. Jan 4, 2016 at 19:38
  • Heres a wikipedia that describes several of these orthographic shifts. Anyone want to merge all these comments into a CW answer?
    – cobaltduck
    Jan 4, 2016 at 19:46
  • 3
    "My girl ioyned the circus; now I've ioyned the lonely hearts club"? I'm assuming that CW means country-western.
    – deadrat
    Jan 4, 2016 at 20:55
  • 2
    Thanks, by the way, for faythfully tranſcribing the long s. Dec 11, 2016 at 0:26

1 Answer 1


JEL already answered the question in the first comment: it means "joining". Since it's a question on definition, it probably won't hurt just to cite the dictionary of that era as some source.

In the A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues (1611) by Randle Cotgrave

ioinct: A ioynt, ioyning, closure; seame

ioindre: To ioyne, couple, … or combine together

Iointe: A ioynt; closure; ioyning; seame

  • A valuable resource, not one of ELU's standard references, I'd guess. Jan 31 at 12:30

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