What is the following style of typography called?

I came across this recently where, IIUC, the lowercase was superscript while the uppercase was normal or subscript.

What is this style called?

What is this style called

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Answer

Regardless of how it is achieved, it is called a “drop cap” or “dropped capital.”

Your example without any other context suggests it is a sloppy hack to emulate the effect without having proper control of e.g. baseline offset caused by: ignorance; aesthetic choice; lack of software support; all of the above.

Normally, there would be one drop cap at the start of a paragraph only and usually only one per chapter or section. The fact that there are several in-line suggest an aesthetic choice.

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