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Wednesday, 9 September 2009

AAE Q153: I

Hi,

Is 'I' an abbreviation or not?

Abdul


Hi,

Yes it is from from Old English 'ic'. It was reduced to 'i' by 1137 in northern England, it began to be capitalized c.1250 to mark it as a distinct word and avoid misreading in handwritten manuscripts.

Thanks

M

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