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Wednesday, April 12, 2006


Sometimes in an old German black letter text you will see the archaic German abbreviation "rc." ("relinquo cetera"), which looks an awful lot like the German black letter "u.", or "und" ("and"), but it's not; the "r" in this case is the "rounded r", and the word "and" makes no sense in the context. It means "etc." and it looks a bit like this:

I think this was due in part to some similarity between German "r" and the ampersand.


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