Understand “Italics” through Etymology
The etymology of the word “italics”
This went on record as the first instance of such a style of writing, which came to be known as “Italics”, inspired by the name of Italy.
Aldus Manutius’s contributions to publishing include not only the invention of the italic type, but introducing the modern use of the semicolon, and developing today’s design of the comma. He is also said to have created economically-priced small books bound in vellum that may be seen as conceptually similar to modern paperbacks.
The italic style of writing is now used to indicate emphasis, in various contexts. It is also used when quoting a speaker a way to show which words they stressed. It may be seen as the printing equivalent of underlining.
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