|From:||Tristan Mc Leay <kesuari@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, July 8, 2004, 13:52|
And Rosta wrote:
>>the 'caron' (hacek, haczek) used in the writing of Czech
>>& some other Slav langs - like an _inverted_ circumflex.
> Where does this word 'caron' come from? I first encountered
> it in the character set section of the manual of my first
> computer (Amstrad PCW, I worked all the summer of 1987 to
> buy it), but it's not in my copies of OED or Webster's
> Unabridged, and I've never seen it in texts on typography
> or writing systems (where hacek, which is in the dictionaries,
> is used).
This has been discussed on this list before. Try
by the ever-knowledgeable John Cowan (29 Oct 2003):
: Andreas Johansson scripsit:
: > > Nevertheless, the standards community has adopted "diaeresis" as
: > > name, so we are stuck with it. They also call the hacek "caron",
and no one
: > > knows why.
: > What's the etymology of "caron", BTW?
: That's just what I meant by "no one knows why"; the etymology is unknown,
: and the term seems to exist only in ISO character standards.
So we're all at a loss. What fun!
I suppose it'll find its way into dictionaries soon enough. It's
definitely in _Tristan's Dictionary Kept in His Brain for His and only
His Consultation_, the definitive dictionary of my idiolect. (Copies
cannot be made, sorry.)
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