From: Jon Hanna (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Mar 30 2006 - 04:37:00 CST
Antoine Leca wrote:
>>the degree after the number above does not designate a o
> Huh? 1º in French (normally in an enumerative list, mostly used in
> administrative texts) stands for Latin /primo/ ("first"), 2º for /segundo/
> ("second") etc. I always took the º to be the final letter of the
> abbreviation (as in nº, for French /numéro/, itself from Latin /numero/.)
> But I could be wrong.
Me too. Similarly 1ª for prima, 2ª for secunda, 3ª for tertia and so on
in feminine cases.
Typographically, I understood that it was conventional for ° to be an
even underline, but for º to allow for greater variation in stroke width
and shape (perhaps being oval).
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