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#183008 - 02/27/09 09:59 AM HELP ME!
harlembelle Offline
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Registered: 02/27/09
Posts: 2
i seem to remember that there was a word in the last few months that meant a stylized/decorative letter of the first word of each chapter. can someone please remind me what that word is? many, many thanks. it's driving me crazy!

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#183011 - 02/27/09 10:18 AM Re: HELP ME! [Re: harlembelle]
twosleepy Offline
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Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 876
Loc: western NY
illumination

(and welcome!) :0)

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#183075 - 03/02/09 06:54 AM Re: HELP ME! [Re: twosleepy]
harlembelle Offline
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Registered: 02/27/09
Posts: 2
thanks for replying but i thought there was a specific word for the initial cap of the first word in a chapter. any idea?

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#183076 - 03/02/09 10:00 AM Re: HELP ME! [Re: harlembelle]
BranShea Offline
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Registered: 06/23/06
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Mostly the word used is decorated initial letter.

link 1.
link 2.
reversed dictionary gives for decorated initial letter as number one: illuminate. ( See twosleepy )
one look reversed

Also this:majuscule SYLLABICATION: ma·jus·cule
PRONUNCIATION: m-jskyl, mj-skyl
NOUN: A large letter, either capital or uncial, used in writing or printing.
ETYMOLOGY: French, from Latin miusculus, somewhat larger, diminutive of mior, greater. See meg- in Appendix I.

Or else this: rubric :2. A part of a manuscript or book, such as a title, heading, or initial letter, that appears in decorative red lettering or is otherwise distinguished from the rest of the text.

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#183077 - 03/02/09 10:00 AM Re: HELP ME! [Re: harlembelle]
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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Loc: Vermont
Drop Cap?
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#183085 - 03/02/09 11:37 AM Re: HELP ME! [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
dalehileman Offline
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Registered: 07/10/05
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Loc: Apple Valley, CA, USA
Bet you'll find it here though it might take a while

http://onelook.com/?w=*&loc=revfp2&clue=larger+initial+letter
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#183087 - 03/02/09 11:41 AM Re: HELP ME! [Re: dalehileman]
tsuwm Offline
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dale, bran already showed reverse for 'decorated initial letter'; you truly are a bad person.
-ron o.

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#183091 - 03/02/09 01:09 PM Re: HELP ME! [Re: tsuwm]
tsuwm Offline
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this wiki article speaks of several terms (most of which have been mentioned here): illuminated manuscripts, decorated or historiated initials, miniatures, rubrics.

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#183093 - 03/02/09 01:30 PM Re: HELP ME! [Re: tsuwm]
dalehileman Offline
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Originally Posted By: tsuwm
dale, bran already showed reverse for 'decorated initial letter'; you truly are a bad person.
-ron o.


Truly. One might also try "decorative.."
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#183103 - 03/02/09 05:37 PM Re: HELP ME! [Re: dalehileman]
BranShea Offline
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Registered: 06/23/06
Posts: 5282
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
You may deserve a decoration for never offending anyone, but you do know how to annoy people who try to be friendly.

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