demotic

(1) The popular form of the ancient-Egyptian written script. It is a simplified version of the priestly hieratic script.
(2) The popular written or spoken form of modern Greek.

Example -

An example of demotic script taken from a replica of the Rosetta stone.
An example of demotic script taken from a replica of the Rosetta stone.


Etymology -
The term derives from the Greek demotikos, of or for the common people (from demos, common people).

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation of its orthographic sense is from 1822:
"To prove, that neither the hieratic or sacerdotal, nor the demotic or vulgar, writing is alphabetic."
(Q. Rev. XXVIII. 189)



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