s → ſ
I recently received an email from an anonymous reader aſking if i had any ſort of programme i uſed to inſert the long S (ſ) into texts. Uſually, i inſert theſe manually, but on pages like The Garden and “What i believe”, i include a ſmall programmatic widget allowing a reader to toggle between long and ſhort S-es as they chooſe. I thought i might preſent a more uſer-friendly verſion here: juſt inſert your ſ-leſs text into the box below and it will ſpit out an equivalent in either my houſe ſtyle or a ſtyle more authentic to its uſage in 17th-century Engliſh. (For information about the differences between the two, ſee the footer.)
My houſe ſtyle tends to take more after works publiſhed in the 18th and 19th centuries, in the tail end of the long S’s faſhionability, than works in the 17th century and earlier, to which the anonymous emailer’s requeſt pertained. In particular:
- I write ſk where 17th-century works would write sk: aſking ſkeletons versus asking skeletons.
- I write ſb where 17th-century works would write sb: leſbians’ ex-huſbands versus lesbians’ ex-husbands.
- I write ſs word-medially where 17th-century works would write ſſ: aſseſs leſsons versus aſſeſs leſſons.
For more detail, see this poſt on babelstone.co.uk.