Re: Umlaut/Diaeresis

Subject: Re: Umlaut/Diaeresis
From: Karen Kay <karenk -at- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 1995 16:12:30 -0700

Kelly Burhenne said:
> Most people know what an umlaut is. I've even heard it referred to on
> TV shows (I think I recall an episode of "Ellen"). However, are we all
> using this term incorrectly? Are we confusing an umlaut with a
> diaeresis (alternate spelling: dieresis)?

Yes. Umlaut is language-specific.

> It seems to me that we should really be using the term "diaeresis"
> commonly. Most people are referring to pronouncing the vowel
> separately when using the term, no?

Yes. But I don't think this is a serious problem. I say 'umlaut' even
though I know better, because no one knows what I mean when I say
'dieresis'. I think of it like octothorp and pound sign.

karenk -at- netcom -dot- com

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