Today is my birthday, Dear Reader 😀 I am now officially 52…
… And that’s the number of letters in the English alphabet, if majuscules…
1704, of a letter, “capital;” 1738 as a noun, “a capital letter,” from French majuscule (16c.), from Latin maiuscula (littera), fem. of maiusculus “somewhat larger, somewhat greater,” diminutive of maior (see major (adj.)).
*I love Pride & Prejudice, Clicky… /taps ASH…*
… are distinguished from minuscules…
1705, “small (not capital) letter,” from French minuscule (17c.), from Latin minuscula, in minuscula littera “slightly smaller letter,” fem. of minusculus “rather less, rather small,” diminutive of minus “less” (from PIE root *mei- (2) “small”). It refers to the kind of reduced alphabetical character which arose 7c. and was from about 9c. substituted in writing for the large uncial. From it the small or lower-case letters of the modern Latin alphabet were derived.
As an adjective, from 1727 in printing, “not capital, of reduced form, small” (of letters); the general sense of “extremely small” is attested by 1893. Related: Minuscular.
*wait, what? …/squints…*
*Minuscule sympathy felt for either…*
So, I’m not at all stressed at being 52, Dear Reader 😉
*Shut up, Clicky…*