Differant ways of spelling?

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motchmaster
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Differant ways of spelling?

Post by motchmaster » Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:14 am

As I was discovering some scanned Latin books on Google, I noticed some had the 's' replaced with 'f' and the 'i' with 'j'. Why is that?

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Re: Differant ways of spelling?

Post by ingrid70 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:21 pm

Two different things. i in Latin can be both a vowel and a consonant. Some books, especially from the period from which you can actually read the scans on Google, use j for consonantal i.

If you look closely to words with an f in them, you'll see that there is a difference between the f and the long s, as it's called. The f has a cross-bar, the s doesn't. See here for more information

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Re: Differant ways of spelling?

Post by Sinister Petrus » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:13 pm

ingrid70 wrote:If you look closely to words with an f in them, you'll see that there is a difference between the f and the long s, as it's called. The f has a cross-bar, the s doesn't. See here for more information

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That f-looking thing, as Ingrid notes is an s. It was a long-standing bit of typographical convention in English and American printing for many years (possibly other places too, but I'm most familiar with American printing given my past career). I'd guess it was phased out in the early 19th Century. A pity as it is fun, but when hand-setting type there are only so many spaces for letters in a California case.

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