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Re: Accents

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 8, 2002, 20:32
Lars Henrik Mathiesen wrote:

> My theory is that this use of the # sign is derived from the L B BAR > SYMBOL at U-2114, or a script version of it.
That appears to be the case.
> Older Danish cookbooks > (and my grandmother's handwritten recipes) use a symbol for a pound > that looks like a script lowercase u with the right tail going back > across the legs --- that would be an intermediate stage. > > BTW, John, would that be a candidate for encoding in Unicode? It > doesn't really look like either a NUMBER SIGN or an L B BAR SYMBOL.
No, but it sounds like a glyph variant nonetheless. After all, script capital Q looks more like "2" than "Q", but a "Q" it is.
> I don't know how the symbol came to be used for a number sign, though. > Perhaps the current shape is really a merger of two different signs.
Nor do I, and possibly so. -- Not to perambulate || John Cowan <jcowan@...> the corridors || during the hours of repose || in the boots of ascension. \\ Sign in Austrian ski-resort hotel