[Ads-l] New to me: _wet signature_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 1 23:54:58 UTC 2016

"Wet signature" means that an actual signature in blue or black ink is
necessary. A photocopy will not suffice.

Of course, the term once had a literal meaning:

Illustrated Naval and Military Magazine: A Monthly Journal ... Page 70
1885 - Read
The clerk returned with the letter signed, blotted the still-wet signature,
folded up and directed the reply, and silently handed it to its bearer, who
almost as silently wended his way to the quarters of his Chief in the Royal
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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