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CHAT: Ess-zett Re: CONLANG Digest - 18 Mar 2000 to 19 Mar 2000 (#2000-78)

From:Eric Christopherson <raccoon@...>
Date:Friday, March 24, 2000, 5:58
At 05:31 PM 3/22/2000 +0100, BP wrote:
>At 13:09 20.3.2000 -0600, Thomas R. Wier wrote: > >. The German boards did, though, > >have umlauted tiles for vowels, although I don't seem to remember any > >tile for the ess-zett. > >That's because ess-zett can't be capitalized. It becomes SS in >caps. (Actually it *should* become SZ, with sz as a permissible l-c >stand-in. Beats me why not. German Polonophobia, maybe? ;-)
Any idea why sz or a variation of it was ever chosen at all? It seems like a rather odd choice to represent /s/, but then I guess Magyar uses it too.