Oh, That’s Why: Ever Wonder Why ‘Encyclopedia’ is Sometimes Spelled ‘Encyclopædia’? (Smithsonian)

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Before there was Google, there was Encyclpædia Britannica, which is this month celebrating its 248 anniversary. So maybe you’ve always wondered: What is up with that squished “ae”?

It has a name. It’s an ash—a type of ligature with an interesting connection between Old English and Latin.

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