I was always under the assumption that copious abbreviation of Lation words
(by the medieval copyist/scribe) was common for line justification purposes—
to ensure that words were evenly spaced (similarly used in early incunabular
before the development of variable mechanical spacing)—and not necessarily
for increased speed in writing.
But, yes, this "macron" form that would be an interesting typographic
adaptation in a digital font, though probably disasterous in common
On Tue, 18 Sep 2001 13:33:01 -0400, Michael Brady <[log in to unmask]>
...I cribbed it from the medieval manuscript scribes, who would
>write the initial letter or maybe two letters of a word or phrase and then
>draw a straight line over them, like a macron, indicating that they
>represented full words. I thought that was quite clever and useful, and I
>just began to do it, too, when I wrote quickly in class or when copying
>something from a book, etc....
>Haven't seen a long line used like this after the medieval illuminated MSS.
>Maybe it's been used here and there, but I am not aware of it.
>Just thought I'd like to offer this small observation. Maybe somebody will
>design a font with that feature. Who knows?
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