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Spencerian Script / Re: IAMPETH Spencerian Guidesheets
« Last post by D B Holtz on Today at 07:05:05 PM »
Here are the revised guidelines, which incorporate the suggestions from AnasaziWrites.  The short vertical lines in the 4mm guidelines are the spacing I plan to use, which puts all 52 letters onto four lines.  On the 3mm guidelines, the short vertical lines are where the center of the names should go, onto five lines.  On an 11x14 sheet of paper, a margin of 1 5/8 inches at the top, bottom, and between sections should space them evenly down the page.

The easy part is done.

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I love it! The inner geek has never been so strong in this thread as now!
Spencerian Script / Re: Friend Emma Letter
« Last post by JazzyJess on Today at 01:45:36 PM »
WOW! How lucky you are to have something like this in the family! and so beautifully preserved, at that! Thank you for taking the time to post and to post such quality that we can enjoy the sentiment :)
Tools & Supplies / Re: Question about nibs
« Last post by Hieronymous on Today at 01:40:41 PM »
Many thanks.
Tools & Supplies / Re: Question about nibs
« Last post by Salman Khattak on Today at 11:31:27 AM »
Osmiroid are excellent pens. They are no longer made but complete sets and nibs can still be found. These pens have untipped steel nibs in various widths that produce fairly crisp lines. They take international cartridges and sets come with a converter so you can fill ink from a bottle.

In modern day offerings, Manuscript pens are comparable to the old Osmiroids.

- Salman
Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Where in the World?
« Last post by Steph C on Today at 11:17:14 AM »
Nashua, New Hampshire
Tools & Supplies / Question about nibs
« Last post by Hieronymous on Today at 10:58:09 AM »
Please excuse my ignorance but this is all pretty new to me. I keep reading about various nibs and I'm thinking that the names used are brand names but I haven't seen Osmiroid mentioned anywhere. Consequently I am somewhat curious as to why and whether these are any good. Apologies for the poor quality photo.:

It would be so cool if one of our community members were to do this. Check it out!

It will be a tough sell, but I'm going for it.
Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Curse you English language
« Last post by Hieronymous on Today at 05:05:15 AM »
I found it! Also my apologies it wasn't a Dane it was a Dutchman.

by Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenité
(Netherlands, 1870-1946)

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Pray, console your loving poet,
Make my coat look new, dear, sew it!

Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it's written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.

Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.

Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation's OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.

Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.

Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.

Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.

Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.

Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.

Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.

Pronunciation -- think of Psyche!
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won't it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It's a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.

Finally, which rhymes with enough --
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!
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