Re: Off-topic: digraphs and trigraphs

From: Otto Stolz (
Date: Thu Aug 10 2000 - 16:45:29 EDT

On Thu, 3 Aug 2000 18:22:50 -0800 (GMT-0800) Doug Ewell has written:
> Does anyone know of a commonly used or commonly accepted collective
> term for multi-character sequences (e.g. digraphs, trigraphs, etc.)?

If it comes to coining a new term, I'd like to propose "oligograph",
from greeek "oligoi" (a few), as in "oligarchy" and "oligocene",
and "graphein" (to write), as in "photography" amd "grapheme".

There are really just a few, not many, characters to form such a
compound -- and we would avoid those puns on lying-detectors ;-)

Best wishes,
  Otto Stolz

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