Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Tue Feb 9 14:52:02 UTC 2010

Yes, if we're talking about the medieval era then sounds like hogwash to me
too. But the context of the discussion is actually the 17th century. The use
of "middle ages" by the correspondent appears to be the cause of confusion.

Like Amy, I know just enough about medieval paleography to be dangerous. I
know nothing about 17th century legal scripts.

-----Original Message-----
From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
Amy West
Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2010 6:06 AM
Subject: Re: ffolliott

I only had 1 paleography class as part of my graduate coursework in
Medieval Studies, so I'm no expert, but this sounds like hogwash to
me. I can check with Thems Wot Knows Better. I don't recall this at
all from my limited study of chancery cursive.

---Amy West

>Date:    Mon, 8 Feb 2010 22:02:27 -0500
>From:    Alison Murie <sagehen7470 at ATT.NET>
>Subject: Re: ffolliott
>On Feb 8, 2010, at 11:57 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
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>>  Subject:      Re: ffolliott
>>  Try http://tinyurl.com/ygtqufk or
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>>  =onepage&q=&f=false
>>  An article from The New England Historical and Genealogical Register,
>>  allegedly vol. 27 (April, 1893), p. 212.  It contains a very short
>>  letter from the "keeper of the manuscript department of the British
>>  Museum", saying that "the British legal handwriting of the middle
>>  ages has no capital f.  A double f (ff) was used to represent the
>>  capital letter."
>>  [Why no other doubled initial lower-case letters for capitals?  Not
>>  addressed.]

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