Re: Latin chi and stretched x

From: Szelp, A. Sz. <>
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 21:36:38 +0200

You are right, the s-acute just below it confused me.

Szelp, André Szabolcs
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On Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Julian Bradfield
> "Szelp, A. Sz." wrote:
> >Julian, if you look closely, it is not actually a turned s, but something
> >created with a turned s in mind. In the very sort of the alphabet, the
> >regular s has equal (or near-equal) top and bottom bowls. the "turned" one
> >has an emphasized upper bowl, which of course stems from the idea of a
> >turned s (as some fonts have a larger bowl lower bowl of s for balance),
> >but it is quite clearly not a turned s as identity, but rather something
> >_inspired_ by a turned s.
> Quite clearly wrong! I'm afraid you're suffering from optical delusion.
> I actually thought the same when I first looked at it, but it's not
> so.
> Cut out the turned s; then cut out, say, the initial s of
> "sonant". Rotate it 180 degrees. They're identical, up to the
> tiny variations due to actual ink from metal type.
> (Beware that the ś immediately below is from a different fount, and
> *does* have more equal bowls. That's what confused me at first.)
> Of course, since this was printed in the age of metal type, it *has*
> to be a turned "s". Cutting a special type would cost far more, and as
> David pointed out in his original post, the reason for the absurd
> turned p and turned s was the the publishers weren't willing to cut
> the extra types to match the letters in the original hand-written script.
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