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What is the dot over the letter 'i' called?

Question #2393. Asked by Melissa.

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a tittle

May 09 2000, 10:11 PM
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Oxford English Dictionnary confirms 'tittle' although any sign, such as the Spanish tilde (same origin) or the French accents or German Umlauts, part of a letter can be considered a tittle. The dot is therefore a tittle, although a tittle is not necessarily that dot.

May 10 2000, 11:44 AM
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A tittle is a small distinguishing mark, such as a diacritic or the dot on a lowercase i or j.


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