An older woman came to the Help Desk the other day. She wanted to order a book. And to learn why "everyone around this place" writes Spanish sevens.
"Spanish sevens! Why do you use Spanish sevens? You just wrote one! I know they don't teach that in schools here, so I want to know where you people are learning it."
Honestly, at first I thought it was an odd question of some sexual nature, but it was actually a little stranger than that. I mean, it's not gnosticism, or something: "Where are you people learning about the Pleroma and the Demiurge? It's supposed to be secret knowledge!"
A "Spanish seven" has a little line through the stem.
"Uhhhh, I guess I just picked it up off the street somewhere, ma'am. I like to use it to more carefully differentiate my sevens from my Arabic 1's."
I'm a library paraprofessional and occasional theology instructor at a liberal arts college. I teach folks how to do academic research efficiently and throughly, and I teach Christian theology at the college level and in churches. I hold the Master of Applied Theology from the University of Oxford.