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Into the 19th century, accepted orthography often used a letter character that resembles an F (but is not in fact identical to an F) when today we would invariably use an S.

  • What is this character called?
  • What were the orthographic rules of its usage?
  • Was it inherited from the German language?
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marked as duplicate by TimLymington, RegDwigнt Apr 27 '14 at 14:45

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It's an S. OK, OK, if you want to be more specific, it's a "long S". There were no rules of usage, and don't listen to anyone who tries to tell you otherwise. The glyph predates the German language. – Marthaª Apr 27 '14 at 13:52
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Oh, and see here and here. – Marthaª Apr 27 '14 at 13:57