Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 16:45:08 -0400 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: ounce(s) Jesse S. is right of course -- and OED2 will give you a bit more information on how the abbreviation came into existence in Italian copyists' practice, and how it was written in 16/17C English texts (with a z extending below the base of the line, and connected to the o by a ligature). There's also a reference to Cappelli's 1899 Dizionario di Abbreviature. Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]