Letters confused in other scripts
In Irish or Anglo-Saxon script the most readily confused letters are r, n, s. The g is often mistaken
by copyists for z. Subscript i (see above) is particularly
common in this script.
The Lombard form of a, not unknown in Caroline minuscule,
is easily confused with cc or oc; the Lombard (and
Visigothic) t with ot or at, or ai
or it; the k with lc or hc.
The Visigothic g looks like a ligature of cí. A form
of t closely resembles a.
In the Merovingian script the characters are so rudely and irregularly formed that the possibilities of
confusion are very numerous, as numerous almost as in the early Roman cursive hand which we find in the
of Pompeii. There is a great temptation for an
editor, puzzled with the variety of mistakes in the MSS. of a classical author, to solve the difficulty by
the hypothesis that the archetype, if a mediaeval MS., was in Merovingian script, or, if of much earlier date, was in early Roman cursive.