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This section shows the use of superscript letters in abbreviations, as in ut. That is hardly an abbreviation at all, and you wonder why they bothered. It is also slightly odd that the word testimonium appears three times, but the final m is only omitted in one instance. Note that the abbreviation for per is the same whether it is a simple word or a prefix to another word. To hunt down the rest of the abbreviations on the page, you can go to the text pages and check them against the transcript.
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The Gospels of Maelbrigte, 12th century, Irish (British Library, Harley 1803, f.128) All images by permission of the British Library.

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