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Anglo-Saxon type

Anglo-Saxon type  

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The type’s history exemplifies the political aspect of letterforms. The original impetus for Anglo-Saxon type came as part of M. Parker’s campaign to establish an English Church on the basis ...
Be-ʿezrat Ha-Shem

Be-ʿezrat Ha-Shem  

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(; “With the help of the Name [of God]”), expression of pious hope used since the Middle Ages; often written in initials (see Abbreviations or Acronyms) at the head of ...
buzzword bingo

buzzword bingo  

A version of the popular bingo game which takes place in meetings organized in large high-tech companies. Here, each member of the audience is secretly given a computer-generated card of ...
BWQ

BWQ  

Abbreviation for Buzz Word Quotient used in chat rooms, emails, and newsgroups. Usually used to pour scorn on a posting or email which contains a large number of abbreviations. See also buzzword ...
composition

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The act or process of setting type. The hand compositor would stand (or sometimes sit, especially before c.1650) at the type cases, with a copy-text before him (or, rarely, her) ...
cyberspeak

cyberspeak  

Natural language augmented with technical terms such as applet, jargon such as disk dancer, and abbreviations such as CUL. Employed by a hard core of Internet users. See also Weblish.
De Aetna

De Aetna  

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This brief Latin dialogue by Bembo narrates the author’s ascent of Mount Etna (accompanied by his father Bernardo), undertaken between 1492 and 1494, while Bembo was studying at Messina. The ...
epigraphy

epigraphy  

The term “epigraphy”comes from the Greek epigráphein, “to write on”. It designates what is written to be brought to public knowledge in a lasting way. To ensure this publicity, inscriptions ...
facsimile edition

facsimile edition  

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Pioneered in 1807, reproductions of the First Folio and the quarto editions of Shakespeare's plays proliterated after the advent of photography in the 19th century. Such facsimile editions are widely ...
fasgrolia

fasgrolia  

A term often used to describe the language of abbreviations and acronyms found on the Internet. It is short for ‘the fast growing language of initialisms and acronyms’.
grammars

grammars  

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As workbooks conceived to respond to practical demands, grammar books should be viewed within the context of schools and teaching methods. The pedagogical models transmitted from Graeco-Roman ...
legal script

legal script  

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A form of handwriting developed by writers of legal and other administrative documents. Its principal characteristics derive from the need to produce documents quickly, accurately, and economically. ...
minuscule

minuscule  

Of or in a small cursive script of the Roman alphabet, with ascenders and descenders, developed in the 7th century ad. The name comes (in the early 18th century) via French from Latin minuscula ...
mnemonic

mnemonic  

A device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations which assists in remembering something. Recorded from the mid 18th century (as an adjective), the word comes ultimately from Greek ...
monogram

monogram  

A combination of letters that, when deciphered, gives a name, a title or even an invocation to the Virgin or to Christ. There is no order in the arrangement to ...
Notariqon

Notariqon  

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(; Gr. notarikon Lat. notaricum, from “shorthand writer”), representation of a word or phrase by a single letter, usually the initial; also a method of interpreting a word by considering ...
palaeography

palaeography  

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Is the study of the history of writing upon papyrus (see papyrology), wax, parchment, and paper, while epigraphy deals with inscriptions carved in hard materials; from it we learn how to read old ...
shorthand

shorthand  

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Acronyms and abbreviations used in email communication, chat rooms, and newsgroups. For example, IMHO means In My Humble Opinion. See also fasgrolia and abbreviation.
SMS

SMS  

A short message sent from a mobile phone. Also called a text message. Such messages tend to be telegraphic in style: closer to speech than to formal writing. Texting is particularly popular among ...
spelling

spelling  

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Spelling, or orthography, is one of the most salient features of any old manuscript, since writers and scribes may use a variety of different forms. It is not unusual, particularly ...

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