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Old Nov 7, 2004, 2:29 PM   #1
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Even though its past halloween I took this shot of a very old graveyard. Found it while hiking
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Old Nov 8, 2004, 6:04 AM   #2
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He deceafd?????? love that spelling, do you know anything about this spelling??? Good shot, interesting headstone.
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He deceafd?????? love that spelling, do you know anything about this spelling??? Good shot, interesting headstone.
Hi Julie;

This is an archaic use of the stylized "f" which believe it or not, still means "s". As I understand it, it was usually used to indicate "double-s". You see this in a lot of older manuscripts, for example the early imprints of Shakespeare's plays.

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Old Nov 9, 2004, 7:27 AM   #4
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well that explains it:-)
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Old Nov 10, 2004, 5:22 AM   #5
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Not meaning to doubt your wisdom, Tom, but your explanation didn't fit with some of my old books, so I searched for information, and came up with this at WordIQ.com

"An archaic alternative form of s, ſ, called the long s or medial s, was used at the beginning or in the middle of the word; the modern form, the short or terminal s, was used at the end of the word. For example, "sinfulness" is rendered as "ſinfulneſs" using the long s. The use of the long s died out by the end of the 19th century, largely to prevent confusion with the minuscule f."

Interestingly (at least to me :-)) I have a large concordance, printed in 1805, in which some of the sections use the long s and some do not.

Here is apicture of a book of mine which was printed in 1734.
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Old Nov 10, 2004, 5:29 AM   #6
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So, Mr John Willcocks, whose grave is shown above, would have been about 7 years old when my book was printed.

Forgive me, Darklurker, for hijacking your thread :-x
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Old Nov 11, 2004, 3:28 PM   #7
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Not meaning to doubt your wisdom, Tom, but your explanation didn't fit with some of my old books, so I searched for information, and came up with this at WordIQ.com
I ftand corrected.

Tom, (about the same age as thedeceafed John Wilcox) on Point Pelee, Canada
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Old Nov 11, 2004, 3:59 PM   #8
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Wow, Tom, if I had known you were THAT old I certainly would not have doubted your wifdom. LOL

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Old Nov 22, 2004, 6:29 AM   #9
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:OHey I like that picture. Grave yards can be cool places for interesting pictures.
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Old Nov 24, 2004, 3:36 PM   #10
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well you learn something new everday. even if it is 19th century english very interefting.......
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