First we must rule out any proposal which assumes confusions of letters and abbreviations which are not attested for the particular tradition.
- Words are not only changed through confusion of single letters or abbreviations, but also through general resemblance or (a semi-voluntary change) through similarity of meaning.
with all the abbreviations; H.
(d) Confusion of words through abbreviations is very common in ancient MSS., where they were much employed.
It is hard to decide why Latin adopted the g-symbol with the value of k, a letter which it possessed originally but dropped, except in such stereotyped abbreviations as K.