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What are the earliest sources for the use of the " symbol before the final letter, to denote an acronym?

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I think the symbol's placement was a necessity of in-line typesetting. (Compare caret ^ replacing non-linear power notation.) Earlier notations were dots or strokes over the letters, e.g. in Ramban's seal. –  NBZ Jan 1 at 19:14
    
    
However, I can't find it now, but @avi once posted a picture of an early manuscript of Rashi where the quotation mark was used to indicate the Divrei Hamatchil. –  Menachem Jan 1 at 19:51
    
It's not actually a " (quotation mark); it's a gershayim ״. Similarly, a single one is a geresh ׳, not an apostrophe. –  Ypnypn Jan 1 at 20:52
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