A blog for Steampunk, Gothic, Victoriana, etc... "The Lonely Alchemist" explores games, art, music, perfumes, fashion, green-living, films, and literature. Combining a love for historical elegance with insightful reviews and consumer commentary, "The Lonely Alchemist" is a blog for the fun-loving Steampunk.
Today's word, majuscule, is an over-sized capital letter, like the ones used at the beginning of passages in illuminated manuscripts. The word is French, from the Latin majusculus, meaning "somewhat larger." It is, effectively, the opposite of miniscule. Medieval books like the "Book of Kells" and many early hand-written Bibles were written in this illuminated style, and majuscules were often decorated with the forms of mythical creatures, or illustrations that related to the following text.