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yaaqov wrote

Thank you for the information.

This is totally off-topic, but I've never seen anyone use ‹&c.› for 'et cetera', only ‹etc(.)›. From a brief search, it seems like it was more common in the past. Do you know where you picked it up?

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alexander wrote

I don't. But I presumably picked it up from the past. I read a lot growing up. I've also always written 'æ' (like archæology) and '¨' (like coöperation). Sometimes I've even written 'x' for 'ct', like connexion. Never adopted "shew" though. I'm sure there's a method or reasoning for this, in my brain somewhere. '&c' and 'æ' are shorter than 'etc.' and 'ae'. ¨-accents make it a lot more obvious what's going on phonetically.

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yaaqov wrote (edited )

Never adopted "shew" though.

Do you mean as the past tense of 'show'?

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alexander wrote

No, "shew" is how they spelt "show." If you listen to really old toffs (like Bertie Russell), you'll notice it's also how they pronounced "show" -- from the "beck" of their mouths.