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Don't forget that the ampersand "&" is the abbreviation of "Et" Latin for
"and". Also the "Y" in Ye Olde Codger Shoppe is actually a letter called the
"thorn" which is an abbreviation for the "th" diphthong and should be
pronounced that way.
"Bruce Byfield" <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com> wrote in message news:169478 -at- techwr-l -dot- -dot- -dot-
> Many of the practices that people are decrying are simply abbreviations
> and variations in spelling.Both these practices are long-standing.
> I personally know of abbreviations in tenth century manuscripts (for
> example, "Xmas" and ">" for "and"), and I suspect that abbreviations are
> as old as writing.
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