acute accent

NOUN
  1. a mark placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
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How To Use acute accent In A Sentence

  • Somehow the New Yorker's arcane use of a diaeresis (coöperation) or acute accent (élite) seems quaint - and doesn't interrupt a reader's flow like an additional, superfluous word; even e-mail doesn't itch. Bruce Gilardi: The Gray Lady Doesn't Get the 'Message' (and is Promoting Porn?)
  • One of our best subs, taken to task this morning for what I described as the unforgivable crime of putting an acute accent on the artist Edgar Degas 'surname in last week's paper, held his hand up to the offence but pointed out that he had been working on seven different pages under severe time pressure," Marsh writes. Regret the Error
  • The only diacritical marks here employed are the acute accent for stressed syllables and the apostrophe between two vowels to indicate the glottic closure or interruption of sound (improperly sometimes called a guttural) that prevents the two from coalescing. Unwritten Literature of Hawaii The Sacred Songs of the Hula
  • Hallelujah for script that schizophrenically mixes upper and lower case, and for the two dot umlaut-like trema over the i, and the acute accent mark over the final e in the word naïveté, and for the proper use of the word capitol, which has but a single proper use. A paean to the inauguration: "Hallelujah... for being smart again. And sexy again. And optimistic again."
  • If the word's ultima is short, the accent will recede to the antepenult and it will always be an acute accent.
  • Other explanations of English verse use more convenient typography as substitutes for the acute accent and breve.
  • A correspondent interested in linguistics terminology asks: 'What is the difference between the terms in such pairs as acute and acute accent, compound and compound word, benefactive and benefactive case, past and past tense, and so on? Archive 2007-04-01
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