If you look carefully at clocks with Roman numerals, you will find that some clocks use IIII instead of IV for the Roman numeral “4”. One explanation offered online is that (a) IIII can be shown by historians to be older than IV appearing on older artifacts, and (b) “IV” in Latin really is “JU” which was seen as being blasphemous.
It is well known that “V” is “U”, but is it correct that “I” had a “J” sound?
- Jinx, or maybe that shoud be Ijnx?
P.S. FYI: It is also suggested that “IV” (a) is hard to decipher from “VI” due to its position on the clock and cna eb misread at a glance, and “IIII” keeps symmetry with 4 “I” numbers, 4 “V” numbers, and 4 “X” numbers.