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Offline bugbear

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Search tip for the BNA
« on: Friday 08 April 16 15:32 BST (UK) »
Whilst looking in some pre-1800 newspapers (and checking the lurvely ...OCR transcription)
I noticed that not only did the original text use the long-s (which to modern eyes looks like an 'f'), but the transcription retained this.

I knew that I had a family name that ends in "-son" in this period, which I had searched for some time ago, to little result.

I did a new search ending in "-fon" and got 5 new hits, two of them good and useful.

BICE Middlesex
WOMACK Norfolk/Suffolk

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Re: Search tip for the BNA
« Reply #1 on: Friday 08 April 16 15:43 BST (UK) »
Some trivia  :)  Mr. J. Bell, bookseller in the Strand, who printed and published an edition of 'Shakspeare, The British Theatre' and 'The Poets' about 1795, first set the example, which soon became general, of discarding the long s.

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