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You probably don’t think about the printing press very often, but in its heyday it completely changed the world. Little wonder, then, that a number of expressions from the world of printing have made it into everyday English. Next time you come out with the following phrases, give yourself a little pat on the back […]more
The word ‘stereotype’ comes from the French adjective stéréotype, which itself comes from the Greek στερεός (solid) and τύπος (type). It was originally a term used in letterpress printing, referring to a solid plate of metal cast from a mould taken of a forme (a body of type secured in a metal frame for printing). […]more
The discovery of previously unknown pages from a very early book printed by William Caxton is an exciting event for historians of printing. The pages—from a liturgical manual for priests known as the ‘Sarum Ordinal’ or ‘Sarum Pie’—are in Latin, so they won’t provide any new data for the history of English words; but it’s […]more
‘There’s some raw work done at the baptismal font’, Bertie Wooster memorably remarks to Jeeves upon discovering that the seemingly bland and innocuous industrialist Mr Trotter is the reluctant owner of the forenames ‘Lemuel Gengulphus’. Another kind of font, the typeface, often comes with its own unexpected and more or less enigmatic name which few […]more