[Ads-l] New to me: _wet signature_

Benjamin Barrett mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 2 00:03:57 UTC 2016

New to me; definitely a useful retronym. Here’s a page that describes the differences between [I just can’t do “among” in situations like this] wet, electronic and digital signatures:


Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

> On 1 May 2016, at 20:54, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> "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
> https://books.google.com/books?id=pQ4AAAAAMAAJ
> 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
> Arsenal.

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