"Monarch" Paper Term History

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Jim Hargreaves's picture
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"Monarch" Paper Term History
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Does anyone know the history behind the term "Monarch" as it relates to paper dimension. Who coined the term? Does it have any relation to royalty?

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Traditional British paper sizes used a lot of royal terms, and I suspect that the name “Monarch” is an attempt to Anglicize a size which, in the colonies, is called “Executive.”

Personally, I like the traditional size name “Foolscap”…

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foolscap (n.)
literally "fool's cap; cap worn by jesters," 1630s; c.1700 as a type of paper, so called because this type of paper originally was watermarked with a court jester's cap.

http://www.etymonline.com

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