The mystery of Edwin U+1E9A

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Aug 14 2002 - 17:25:34 EDT

Where does this strange beast come from? Its name is LATIN SMALL LETTER
A WITH RIGHT HALF RING, and the right half ring is indeed above the "a".
We don't have a RIGHT HALF RING ABOVE combining mark, so it only gets a
compatibility decomposition.

Who would need a lower-case letter with a unique diacritic, and no upper-case
equivalent? The U+1Exx block is "random junk inherited from 10646 DIS 1",
Does anyone understand it?

Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis vom dies! || John Cowan <>
Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau,  ||
Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau,           ||
Und trank die Milch vom Paradies.            -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)

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