Know Your Glyphs

More than you wanted to know about ampersands.
More than you wanted to know about pilcrows (or paragraph marks).
More than you wanted to know about the eszett (German character for a double-s).
WAY MORE than you wanted to know about the eszett.

Selected facts: The paragraph marker is derived from a C and not a P. Ancient Roman Cicero’s Ancient Roman scribe Marcus Tullius Tiro has a form of the ampersand named after him, and he was such an innovator of shorthand that he has a whole system named after him. The eszett evolved in part from the long s, a letter that was used when an s appeared at the beginning or in the middle of a word, as in Congre∫s.

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