>but note that the "R$" symbol for "REAL"
>ALSO does its bit to disprove the "U + S = $" story.
Bringhurst states fairly authoritatively, which is not to say that he's
necessarily right, that the dollar sign comes from Roman abbreviations for
libra(?), solidii, and denarii, and L/S/d (!) were used until decimal
reform for pounds, shillings, and pence in Britain. (The dollar sign comes
specifically from the solidii/shillings slashed S, if you didn't pick that
I may be misremembering, as my copy of Bringhurst is at work.
 _Elements of Typographic Style_, Hartley & Marks, somewhere near the
 Like the readership of this list needs this info.
 Sorry for all the footnotes. Too much alt.sysadmin.recovery lately.
<URL:http://www.shore.net/%7Ecrism/> Glupy slon zavtrakaet.
Geek Code 3.12: GAT d@ s: a- C++++$ US+$>L(B) P++$ L E+>++ W++
N++ o++ K+++ w>--- O?(++) M+ V-- PS+++ PE++(+++) Y+>++ PGP?>++ t+
5+ X+(++) R tv+ b++(++++) DI++++ D+ G++ e++* h-(---) r+++ y+++