Just a thought that popped up in my grey matter as I was writing some notes
Back in grad school, I made up my own diacritic to show an abbreviated
word, initials in an abbreviation, or an acronym.
Actually, 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.
Some abbreviations are so well known I don't need to use it, like USA. But
the macron is a good idea when I want to quickly write the initials but
indicate to myself to transcribe it fully spelled out.
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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