On Wed, 22 Dec 2004 12:58:53 -0000, caeruleancentaur
<caeruleancentaur@...> wrote:

> I am told that the "2-dot" umlaut derives from the cursive lower case e
> written above the umlauted letter. The two downward strokes eventually
> became the 2 dots.


Somewhere I read that our question mark comes from a cap Q over an O, an
abbrev'n. for "quaestio" (sp?) placed at the end of an interrogatory

> Charlie

Took me a while to parse your online name, because it seems to have
several plausible split points (and possibly more than one). I'm assuming
"cærulean centaur", surely distinctive enough for anyone!

(Using a test version of Opera, which doesn't want to accept my telling it
to use utf-8. Was trying to type [ash], like an a-e ligature.)

Nicholas Bodley /*|*\ Waltham, Mass.
The curious hermit -- autodidact and polymath
Bill Moyers: "One of the biggest changes in politics
in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal."