How to write an "ß"?

  • What is the proper way to write an Eszett on paper with a pen? In English we are told to start letters at the top, but the ß only has ends at the bottom, so what is the proper way to draw the letter?

  • Takkat

    Takkat Correct answer

    10 years ago

    In German there is not a single "proper" way to write letters in handwriting. There are regional variations (see here for details).

    For schools in Germany there are federal regulations that define how pupils learn to write. Most widely used are the "Lateinische Ausgangsschrift" and the "Vereinfachte Ausgangsschrift". In these the letter 'ß' is written as follows:

    "Vereinfachte Ausgangsschrift":

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    "Lateinische Ausgangsschrift":

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    What is the english word for 'Unterlänge'? Upvoting for the underlength! :)

    If "Unterlänge" means the part of a letter which extends below the line, you use "descender" in English.

    Maybe it's worth noting that `ß` does not have an uppercase form. Instead it's substituted with `SZ`. **Edit:** Whoops, obviously I'm not up-to-date about that.

    @Bobby Using *SZ* must be really old style. 40 years ago I already learned to use *SS* instead. Just as *ss* is used in lower case if you don't have a ß on your ancient typewriter.

    @Takkat, in addition to regional variations even the way I learned to write some letters 40 years ago is different from what pupils learn nowadays in the same region.

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