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  • n. The ſ character, as distinct from the short s — the s character
  • n. A similar letter in German Fraktur


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  • See comments on ſ.

    September 24, 2010

  • Wikipedia tells us the "long, medial or descending s (ſ) is a form of the minuscule letter s formerly used where s occurred in the middle or at the beginning of a word, for example ſinfulneſs ("sinfulness"). The modern letterform was called the terminal or short s."

    It goes on to say the long s "is subject to confusion with the lower case or minuscule f, sometimes even having an f-like nub at its middle, but on the left side only, in various roman typefaces and in blackletter. There was no nub in its italic typeform, which gave the stroke a descender curling to the left—not possible with the other typeforms mentioned without kerning."

    September 24, 2010