Latin: what is the sideways "6" over a word?

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Latin: what is the sideways "6" over a word?

Post by VotM » 16 May 2016, 17:06

Recently I've reached the point where my ancestors' marriage allegati are starting to reveal records in Latin. For the most part I've been able to glean the information I need from them.

One puzzling item. I frequently come across somthing that looks like a sidewise "6" overtop a word. It most frequently occurs over the "u" in a word that looks like "Prus". See the highlighted word in the attachment.

Could someone please explain what the symbol is used to indicate? Thanks!
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Unusual accent over Latin word.
LDS Gioiosa Marea "road map" post at
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LDS Cefalù, Termini Imerese and Villaurea "road map" post at
http://www.italiangenealogy.com/forum/i ... 50#p239255

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Re: Latin: what is the sideways "6" over a word?

Post by liviomoreno » 16 May 2016, 17:19

It means that the word is an abbreviation. In the sample you posted it looks like the abbreviation of Patrinus (godfather)

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Re: Latin: what is the sideways "6" over a word?

Post by VotM » 16 May 2016, 22:53

Patrinus makes sense in the overall context of the entry. Thanks for the clarification!
LDS Gioiosa Marea "road map" post at
http://italiangenealogy.com/forum/itali ... logy/33808

LDS Cefalù, Termini Imerese and Villaurea "road map" post at
http://www.italiangenealogy.com/forum/i ... 50#p239255

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