As you are probably aware, our contemporary English content is now available through Lexico.com (https://www.lexico.com/en), and our old English dictionary site no longer exists.

As a result of this, this forum is now closed.

The English dictionary community team would like the opportunity to say a huge thanks to all of you who participated by posting questions and helping other community members.
We hope this forum was useful, and that you enjoyed being a part of it.

If you would like to get in touch with any OED-related queries, please write to
[email protected]

And if you would like to contribute suggestions to the OED, please do so by visiting: https://public.oed.com/contribute-to-the-oed/

Thank you very much indeed, and good bye!
The community team

Comments

  • Zooterkins! I've been doing things all wrong! I'd have used summons if the sentence were constructed differently. "He summons the group into the boardroom..." just as I would say "turns the dial" or "races the clock". W…
  • Thank you, David. Even though you've proven my memory faulty, as I would have sworn that Lanier's works were shown with the doubled small, and old style, f. So I'd guess it would be considered usage.
  • And when I've seen it done in what appeared to be proper form, it was a pair of quite old style fs. To be precise, Sterling E. Lanier wrote several short stories, compiled into two or more books, about one Brigadier ffellowes. Also, a 1980 film with…
  • I am only familiar with it in surnames.