Origin of italic
Examples from the Web for italics
Contemporary Examples of italics
“The first step is to raise average (not marginal) tax rates on upper-income taxpayers,” [my italics] Hubbard wrote.Fiscal Cliff Hostage Situation: Should the Rich Get Soaked?
November 13, 2012
[Italics added] The slogan "Get your government off my Medicare" is ludicrous enough.David's Book Club: What Are Liberals Thinking?
July 13, 2012
He writes (my italics): “The Prime Minister … did no more than wish him well in his bid ...” Why “did no more”?Harold Evans Responds to Murdoch
April 25, 2012
The italics are Hoberman's, but the words would be shocking in any typeface.Great Weekend Reads
The Daily Beast
April 23, 2011
Historical Examples of italics
Vernon, when he got it, was most interested in the erasures here given in italics.The Incomplete Amorist
The italics in this and all the following quotations are my own.
The italics are ours: the satisfaction appears to be our contemporary's.
The names of the persons whom they respectively married are in italics.Queen Elizabeth
I print his orders in italics, and his remarks and explanations in Roman letter.The Teacher
Word Origin for italic
1610s (adj.), 1670s (n.) "italic type," from Latin italicus "Italian" (see Italian); so called because it was introduced in 1501 by Aldus Manutius, printer of Venice (who also gave his name to Aldine), and first used in an edition of Virgil dedicated to Italy. Earlier (1570s) the word was used for the plain, sloping style of handwriting, as opposed to Gothic. Related: Italics.
Slanted letters that look like this: We the people. Italics are most often used to emphasize certain words, to indicate that they are in a foreign language, or to set off the title of a literary or artistic work.