I hope this to be a simple question. It revolves around the letter G. In LaTeX, the glyph G is often represented as you seen printed here (G) ± serifs or as a script G, resembling:enter image description here

However there is an alternative to this type of G and it is the cursive G (personal up-right variant): enter image description here

which is used in a select subset of fonts and on some logos (e.g. General Mills).

My question is does this cursive G have a name other than alternate G or cursive G? Many fonts have alternate glyphs (especially for the lowercase letter a).

Since typography is about making works legible, is there a reason or stigma about using this type of G?

For fun here is a modernized Kurrent G: enter image description here

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    Would not this question be more appropriate on Graphic Design.sx? – ebosi Dec 7 '16 at 15:02
  • @ebo putatively. However this isn't so much about designing a G, it is about its use in documents... – SumNeuron Dec 7 '16 at 15:03
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    the style of alphabetic glyphs used in math is heavily affected by tradition. for the earliest publications, there were not so many fonts available, and making new ones was a significant undertaking. the shape you cite is probably a 20th century creation, and almost certainly created as a logo, not as an element of a full alphabet. a font containing only one letter isn't much use to a math/technical publisher. in this case, there might also be trademark/copyright implications. – barbara beeton Dec 7 '16 at 15:19
  • @barbarabeeton actually the cursive G that I am referring to is / was taught following the D'Nealian method in most elementary schools. It was not developed by a brand -- although it is used by one (like all letters). A quick glance at a Google Image search "cursive G" yields about 50% of the G's being as the one imaged above... – SumNeuron Dec 7 '16 at 15:27
  • @barbarabeeton it may have been introduced by either Austin Norman Palmer around 1888 or Donald Neal Thurber in 1976, in which case it slightly would predate the 20th century. – SumNeuron Dec 7 '16 at 15:28

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