long s

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long s (plural long s's)

  1. The ſ character, as distinct from the short s (which is the s character).
    Synonyms: descending s, medial s
    • 1824, J[ohn] Johnson, Typographia, or the Printers’ Instructor: [], volume II, London: [] Messrs. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, [], page 27:
      An instance lately occurred of a work so divided (a prayer-book), where the first part was printed with long s’s, and the last part with round, independent of other deviations;
    • 1914, Una Hunt, Una Mary: The Inner Life of a Child, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, page 43:
      The Bible itself was quite unknown ground until I was ten and stumbled upon the Apocrypha in an old edition of the Bible printed with long s’s and beautiful early type.
    • 1914, George Moore, ‘Hail and Farewell!’: Vale, London: William Heinemann, page 311:
      He liked me to come into his dressing-room to talk to him while he lathered his face, and I remembered the lie I told him when he asked me if I had used the top of his silver shaving-pot to knock in a nail, and the day when he asked me to read him Burke’s speeches aloud in an edition printed with long s’s.

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