M, double time

Emmaus Historical Society

How exactly is our town spelled? When it was founded, Emmaus, was spelled as Emaus. The horizontal stroke over the letter "m", indicated that this letter is doubled up! This trick for giving letters twice the punch was commonly used by our German settlers back in the day. So next time you see a misspelling on a street sign, know that it might just be from a bump in Emmaus’ history. Double Ms cause double trouble!