Why do British parliamentarians say “hear, hear”?

Sorry to do this, folks, but:

Hear, hear (Wikipedia):

Hear, hear is an expression used as a short, repeated form of hear him. It represents a listener’s agreement with the point being made by a speaker.

It was originally an imperative for directing attention to speakers, and has since been used, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, as “the regular form of cheering in the House of Commons“, with many purposes, depending on the intonation of its user.

Its use in Parliament is linked to the fact that applause is normally (though not always) forbidden in the chambers of the House of Commons andHouse of Lords.

The phrase hear him, hear him! was used in Parliament from late in the 17th century, and was reduced to hear! or hear, hear! by the late 18th century. The verb hear had earlier been used in the King James Bible as a command for others to listen.

Which means Aziz Dida is right.

How often do you go through other Quora users’ edits?

Ah, you’re a bunch of meanies.

Sometimes, to work out why on earth this individual has fallen afoul of Quora Moderation. Often, it leaves me none the wiser.

On occasion, I’m stalking someone I follow, to get more of their Quora goodness, especially if I haven’t heard from them in a while. (That’s the only way to see others’ comments together.) That’s much rarer though, I may have done it three or four times.

Does an equivalent of cursive exist in other alphabets?

Greek: there was a cursive modelled after Western cursive in the 19th/20th century. It fell out of use long before computers (I was never taught it in school); I have seen it in letters from the 50s.

The main differences to what you might expect: kappa looking like a <u>; pi as an omega with a loop (ϖ); tau as a tall slash; psi looking like a <y>.

This sample of the Lord’s Prayer, from Karl Faulmann Illustrirte Geschichte der Schrift, Wien 1880, is a little neater than I’m used to seeing, but it’s a fair representation:

That’s distinct from mediaeval manuscript writing in Greek, or the Italic of printing in the 16th through 18th centuries (which I keep referring to as “squiggle”).