On Tue, 21 Dec 2004 11:19:42 +0100, Marco Cimarosti
<marco.cimarosti@...> wrote:

> Actualy, handwritten Cyrillic uses overscores over <т> (t) and <п> (p),
> which look identical to Latin handwritten <m> and <n>, respectively.
> The overscores are functional to distinguish these two letters from <ш>
> (sh)
> and <и> (i), which look just the same to the two above, when handwritten.
> In Latin script, a similar confusion may arise between <m> and <w> and
> between <n> and <u>, and that's probably why your father borrowed the
> overscores from his Cyrillic hand.

Most interesting! Much appreciated.

Nicholas Bodley /*|*\ Waltham, Mass.
The curious hermit -- autodidact and polymath
Modern science education in the USA:
Why doesn't the water from the ocean
fall off the edges of the Earth?
Answer: Because it's God's will that it not do so.