· 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 of the Long S in Typography
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 [wikimedia.org]
· from The Works of Shakspere, with notes by Charles Knight, 1873
• The Gradual Disappearance of the Long S in Typography [historyofinformation.com]
• Of the Long and Short S by Alice196498 [imgur.com]
• The Bodleian First Folio [ox.ac.uk]