Initials

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Initials'


In a written or published work, an initial is a letter at the beginning of a work, a chapter, or a paragraph that is larger than the rest of the text. The word is derived from the Latin initialis, which means standing at the beginning. An initial often is several lines in height and in older books or manuscripts, sometimes ornately decorated.

In illuminated manuscripts, initials with images inside them, such as those illustrated here, are known as historiated initials. They were an invention of the Insular art of the British Isles in the eighth century. Initials containing, typically, plant-form spirals with small figures of animals or humans that do not represent a specific person or scene are known as "inhabited" initials. Certain important initials, such as the B of Beatus vir ... at the opening of Psalm 1 at the start of a vulgate Latin psalter, could occupy a whole page of a manuscript.

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* If you don't know what to do with many of the papers piled on your desk, stick a dozen colleagues' initials on 'em, and pass them along. When in doubt, route. - Malcolm Forbes


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  • Indians urged to expand name initials in passport
    The move is aimed to help establish the identity of Indian passport holders and will also help in saving victims of mistaken identity cases who have even landed in jails. What is in a name, or its initials? Indian expatriates in the UAE, who have not bothered to expand the initials of their names in their passports so far, must get it done now - for protecting the Read more on this news related to 'Initials'
  • TJM, where are you? A woman has your high school ring
    If your initials are TJM and you’re from Hingham, get in touch with Nancy Nicosia. She has your 1965 high school class ring. Read more on this news related to 'Initials'
  • TJM, where are you? A woman has your ring
    If your initials are TJM and you’re from Hingham, get in touch with Nancy Nicosia. She has your 1965 high school class ring. Read more on this news related to 'Initials'

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