Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Fœderalist Papers

(Crossposted from Columbia Law School :: American Constitution Society)

In the Federalist Papers, published in 1788, federal is written fœderal.

As this spelling makes one go bug-eyed in a hurry, most current editions use the modern spelling.

Procrastinating? Here's Wikipedia's list of words that may be spelled with a ligature.

1 comment:

Edward Ott said...

spelling really did not become that big of a deal until the end of the 17th centuary in english. you can look at how the the founding fathers would sign there names and they would spell them different ways sometime.