last gasp of the long ess?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 11 17:45:44 UTC 2013

I was shockedshocked to see the the ancient long ess actually used
(presumably for the sake of historical affectation) in this book published
by J. C. Hotten as late as 1862:


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

The American Dialect Society -

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