This was posted originally on September 16, 2017.
This blog post was revised on October 27, 2017.
There’s no typographical error or computer glitch involved in the headline for this post. The “a” and “e,” pressed together in text, are called an æsc, or ash. The æsc exists in different languages, including English. Note the correct spelling of the reference book title, Encyclopædia Britannica.
The æsc has never appeared on typewriter keys, but it’s still around in spite of the fact that it’s considered archaic. If you can pull up a sophisticated keyboard on a Dell Inspiron computer screen, you’ll probably find it. When clicking the ‘a,” hold down your index finger on the mouse. Then you can probably locate the right character.
The above instructions are intended for right-handed people. George Michael, like many people, was left-handed, and left-handed people with computer skills know how to adapt.
George Michael’s name is printed that way on the cover…
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