Diacritic Defined

Diacritic Defined

Author: Amanda Ilkov | Published: October 22, 2017 | Updated: November 30, 2017

What’s that thing always flying over a’s and e’s in French words?


It’s a bird, it’s a plane… nope, it’s a diacritic!

Pronunciation: /dīəˈkridik/

Definition: “A mark near or through an orthographic or phonetic character or combination of characters indicating a phonetic value different from that given the unmarked or otherwise marked element” – Merriam Webster Dictionary

Used In a Sentence: Two diacritics appear over the E and A in the word “déjà vu.”

 

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