Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Words

Word of the Day

"Diacritic" - noun & adjective [10]
Diacritic means (noun) a sign (e. g. an accent, diaeresis, aedilla) used to indicate different sounds or values of a letter; (adjective) = diacritical; distinguishing, distinctive.
Sentence: A few American words, such as 'naive' used to be printed and written with diacritic marks [in this case a diaeresis as na├»ve], but those are usually left out now.  Modern typewriters and now wordprocessors simply don't print those letters without extra work.

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