The Apian Demiſe of the Accurſed ſ

· 01 March 2018 ·

[Tempest-uous typographical trivia]

There are times when I waxe noſtalgicke for the olde ſpellinges, but never do I miſſe the long or medial ſ, which I am happy to ſay I helped to kill. You may believe it or not as you wiſh, but the ſucking bee ſtory is goſpel.

from The Gradual Disappearance [etc]

from The Tempest, Act 5, Scene 1, in the First Folio

Mathematicians since Leibniz have used the ∫ form for integrals. They can have it.

And if you think I didn’t know what I was writing at the time I wrote it, you might be on the wrong page. Try this one.


• Banner image: a very come-hithery Ariel []
· from The Works of Shakspere, with notes by Charles Knight, 1873

The Gradual Disappearance of the Long S in Typography []

Of the Long and Short S by Alice196498 []

The Bodleian First Folio []