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A, the first letter of the English and most other alphabets, is frequently used as an abbreviation, (q.v.) and also in the marks of schedules or papers, as schedule A, B, C, &c. Among the Romans this letter was used in criminal trials. The judges were furnished with small tables covered with wax, and each one inscribed on it the initial letter of his vote; A, when he voted to absolve the party on trial; C, when he was for condemnation; and N L, (non liquet) when the matter did not appear clearly, and be desired a new argument.

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Brevini calls Consonni's poetry "breezy," as wide open as the grave accent on the e and o or the circumflex on the tonic vowel e, as in paoi vecc, or as in these three splendid lines from "Vecc" (Old Folks): "So la porta / i ginoecc / spungen ul vent, "which the author himself translates as "On the doorway / the knees / goad the wind.
In the index, for example, Bohme and Boswell exchange Christian names, and we find the Emperors Frances I ('Franz' in the text) and Frederik ('Frederick') I, and des Callieres exchanges his grave accent for an acute one, while La Bruyere is stripped of his altogether.
Editor's note: Mylene Farmer's first name is spelled with a grave accent above the first "e.