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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.

/BP 8^)>
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)