Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 11 18:13:28 UTC 2009

On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 11:17 AM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:

> but John Wells --
> revised.htm#caron<>-- says:
> The term ‘caron’, however, is wrapped in mystery. Incredibly, it seems
> to appear in no current dictionary of English, not even the OED. Yet it is
> the term used without discussion for this diacritic in as authoritative and
> influential a source as The Unicode Standard (1991, 2000).
> .....
> the discussion at
> is also inconclusive about the origins of the term, though several
> possibilities are suggested.
> ...

Hmph! And when I got it from the Unicode Standard, I thought it was just a
standard term I'd somehow overlooked. I think I'll revert to calling it
"hacek", with or without the ... self-referred whozis on the "c".

Mark Mandel

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