Words at Play : Words For Things You Didn't Know Have Names

#6: Tittle

Definition:

tittle : the dot over i or j

Example Sentence:

In a handwritten business note, it's best to avoid smiley-face tittles.

Origin:

Tittle comes from the Latin titulus, which originally meant "title." Titulus came to refer to marks such as the abbreviated form of n written over a vowel (like the Spanish tilde, which indirectly got its name from titulus), and then to any mark above a letter.

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