Sigma (was "Present tencccce copulative verbs")

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Thu Sep 03 1998 - 05:54:15 EDT

At 11:49 AM -0500 9/02/98, Carlton Winbery wrote:
>>But it won't die, this topic--it won't die a natural death. We shall have
>>to kill it (but that's not a threat); moreover, we can't get rid of the "c"
>>in the spelling of TENSE--and look how that "c" has spawned three more
>>"c's" in Jonathan's header!
>Could that possibly an uncial sigma?

Well, perhaps a lunate sigma--four of them in a row, in fact. Reminds me of
the old Cyrillic letters on Soviet athletes: CCCP.

I rather like the simplicity of the lunate sigma and have been encouraging
my Beginning Greek students to use it rather than the clumsy pair of
initial/medial and final sigmas.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
One Brookings Drive/St. Louis, MO, USA 63130/(314) 935-4018
Home: 7222 Colgate Ave./St. Louis, MO 63130/(314) 726-5649 OR

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