I’m wondering if anyone can either explain the rule or where in the ‘theory’ or texts we might get the distinction between two words (if there is indeed an accounting for this in the texts):
confident (k-f-den-t) — where the ‘f’ is joined to the ‘k’
constant (k-s-ten/den-t) — where the ‘s’ is written normally & not joined to the ‘k’
In other words why not right ‘confident’ without the ‘f’ joined to the ‘k’ in the same manner that ‘constant’ is written.
It helps that these words can be distinguished from each other this way but it seems there should be a reason in the ‘rules’ to account for this and the only reason I can come up with isn’t really a part of the rules. It is that with the ‘f’ it is still obvious that the letter is there but with the ‘s’ it might be too small to be apparent.
I’ve looked at both the Simplified and S90 dictionaries and since ‘confident’ is a brief form in Simplified (making it non-relevant) I’d like to confine the question to DJS and later versions of the texts.