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Re: [TRUNCATED MESSAGE 2408 171455] Re: [Emacs-diffs] master 9ce1d38: Us

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [TRUNCATED MESSAGE 2408 171455] Re: [Emacs-diffs] master 9ce1d38: Use curved quotes in core elisp diagnostics
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:44:39 -0700
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Richard Stallman wrote:
[[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider    ]]]
[[[ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies,     ]]]
[[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example. ]]]

   > on the first-century shrine of the Augustales at Herculaneum, which reads:

What do those long vertical bars mean?

The long vertical bars in words like "FꟾLIꟾ" are accented capital "I" letters, transcribed as U+A7FE LATIN EPIGRAPHIC LETTER I LONGA. The accent indicates a long "I". Common practice was to put an apex (the accent mark) over long vowels, e.g., "V́" was an accented "V" (the modern "U"). However, "I" was an exception: instead of putting an apex over an "I", people just wrote a taller "I".

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