|Click on the button beside each word to indicate its abbreviation in the text. Unless you have a very big screen, the arrow may shoot off the right hand side occasionally, but just scroll across and follow it.|
|There is an assortment of types of abbreviation here. There are superscript slashes for missing letters m and n, as in Latin abbreviations. There are standard abbreviations for short words, such as et, que or pour. There are various standard contractions. Numbers are all written as Roman numerals. There are also what one might call honorific abbreviations, as with men Seigneur or Monsieur, in which a significant title is indicated by a symbol. Some words, like Tresorier, seem to be contracted into a random selection of letters.|
|Acquittance of 1383, from the collection of Rob Schäfer. All images © Rob Schäfer.|
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