Re: Letterforms based on p

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Fri Jun 06 2003 - 21:13:06 EDT

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    At 01:34 AM 6/7/03 +0200, Philippe Verdy wrote:
    >----- Original Message -----
    >From: "Asmus Freytag" <>
    > > Can anyone shed further light on this character? I assume this is a lower
    > > case form, does anyone care to confirm that?
    >Isn't your "per" symbol it similar to the form variant of the lowercase p
    >used for the Weierstass elliptic function, at U+2118, znd uses the same style ?

    no it's definitely different.

    >For me it's looks similar too with some handwriten lowercase Thorn,
    >however it may also be a ligature, or the second loop may be a form of
    >overriding stroke (in that case it would be in the same family as
    >accounting symbols like percent, arrobace, currency sign, so it is
    >expected to have origins in merchant accounting notations and the ligature
    >would in fact read as "units per" or "u.p." or "u/p", and the "per" name
    >you found may be misguiding for its origin).

    it's not uncommon for the first stroke of the p to be traced in 'outline'
    so to speak. You can find such things in many font styles.

    I was hoping to find someone who had additional evidence for this character.


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