Re: OT: Gruess (was Comma gets a cure -- in German?)
|From:||Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, July 20, 2008, 13:02|
On 2008-07-20 J. 'Mach' Wust wrote:
> Old people still use to write a line or
> something like a brevis above each small letter
> U, a reflex of that original ring above.
> However, it is written on any U, so it has been
> reanalyzed as a mere graphical distinction from
> small letter N. It was especially common in the
> handwriting forms of Blackletter that were used
> until mid 20th century.
Yes that form of _u_ was in use in Scandinavian
Fraktur handwriting as well. I've seen it often
but didn't know its origin.
Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch atte melroch dotte se
"C'est en vain que nos Josués littéraires crient
à la langue de s'arrêter; les langues ni le soleil
ne s'arrêtent plus. Le jour où elles se *fixent*,
c'est qu'elles meurent." (Victor Hugo)