Saturday, July 7, 2012

When did the "long s" fall out of fashion? ſ

Evan Soltas: The Math Behind The Culture:

ſ via Wikipedia
Consider the long s, that archaic letter which looked like an f or integral sign. It once appeared in words where an s fell at the beginning or middle of a word.

Using Google's N-gram tool, we can pinpoint the moment that the long s fell out of style: 1800.
Marginal Revolution 
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