Pugilist’s weapon

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FIST.

Last seen on: Eugene Sheffer – King Feature Syndicate Crossword – Feb 19 2020

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The symbol ☞ is a punctuation mark, called an index, manicule (from the Latin root manicula, meaning “little hand”) or fist. Other names for the symbol include printer’s fist, bishop’s fist, digit, mutton-fist, hand, hand director, pointer, and pointing hand.


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The symbol originates in scribal tradition of the medieval and Renaissance period, appearing in the margin of manuscripts to mark corrections or notes.

Manicules are first known to appear in the 12th century in handwritten manuscripts in Spain, and became common in the 14th and 15th centuries in Italy with some very elaborate with shading and artful cuffs. Some were playful and elaborate, but others were as simple as “two squiggly strokes suggesting the barest sketch of a pointing hand” and thus quick to draw.

After the popularization of the printing press starting in the 1450s, the handwritten version continued in handwritten form as a means to annotate printed documents. Early printers using a type representing the manicule included Mathias Huss and Johannes Schabeler in Lyons in their 1484 edition of Paulus Florentinus’ Breviarum totius juris canonici.

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