Plum, Plumb, and Plume -- was: Re: Uppercase=?iso-8859-1?q?=DFiscoming?(U+1E9E)

From: Marnen Laibow-Koser (
Date: Mon May 07 2007 - 10:39:02 CDT

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    On May 7, 2007, at 5:14 AM, Philippe Verdy wrote:
    > Today, modern quills built in various metallic alloys are much more
    > versatile and resistant than the famous "Sergent Major" quill which
    > was so
    > difficult to masterize by generations of French children (up to the
    > 1960's).
    > Cheap "Bic" ballpoint pens were finally accepted in primary
    > schools, to
    > avoid ink bottles on desktops, except for artistic courses on
    > calligraphy.
    > But using a quill, with internal disposable reservoirs, was still
    > mandatory
    > in many French highs schools for exams and home works up to the early
    > 1980's.

    Fascinating. I assume you are using "quill" to mean "fountain pen"
    here? (Eng. "quill" only refers to the feather, although there's a
    type of nib called a "crow quill" nib from its resemblance to the

    I got my good handwriting (such as it is) by writing almost
    exclusively with a calligraphy pen for about a year when I was 16.

    > Unlike in USA, crayons are not accepted here, except for arts and
    > technical drawings.

    Are you talking about pencils or wax crayons?


    Marnen Laibow-Koser

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