Old typography

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Old typography

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OK, maybe not a puzzle, but puzzling to me.

I've noticed in several old technical papers the letter "s" often appearing as something like an "f" or maybe an integral symbol ¦, with or without a bar, or just a long stretched-out "s". I'm wondering if this was some sort of standard typographical or printers' usage ... or what?

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This should provide some explanations...

- Long s (wikipedia)
- Why does s look like an f
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Most interesting. Makes things difficult to read ... but interesting.

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Imagine (or write) "moſt efficaſiouſ" with long s's - but the Unicode character doesn't do the long s justice...
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Doe∫ mo∫t efficaciou∫ plea∫e you?
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But apparently using it at the end of a word is considered an act of ∫lip∫hoddine∫s.

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True; in that respect it's similar to Greek, which uses σ inside words and ς at the end.
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I'm afraid it's all Greek to me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oNLJ2gjfAI

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An ancient balloon:
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Thank you. I’m ready for Sunday’s feaft. :grin:

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