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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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  • Giffords welds initials in keel of ship named after her
    MOBILE, Ala. -- Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords welded her initials into the keel of the ship that will carry her name. The keel-laying ceremony on Wednesday recognized the first joining together of a ship's components and signified the formal start of building the future USS Gabrielle Giffords. "It is a special day for all of us on the Gulf Coast to have Read more on this news related to 'Initials'
  • Initials, Inc. celebrates 9 years
    CLARKESVILLE - Initials, Inc., founded by sisters Britney Vickery and Ivy Hall, celebrated its 9th anniversary recently with a birthday party at the corporate office in Clarkesville. Read more on this news related to 'Initials'
  • Initial reaction
    How do you give luxury fashion products a one-off feel? Well, just getting your initials stamped on them is a simple option Read more on this news related to 'Initials'

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