Re: is "n with tilde" used in French language ?

From: John Cowan (
Date: Sun Jul 04 2004 - 15:26:48 CDT

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    Stefan Persson scripsit:

    > I have only seen in old French; however, old French also uses tilde
    > above lots of other characters, such as all vowels (??????????) and a
    > lot of consonants, e.g. q?? (for the old spelling of "que"). Instead of
    > writing an "n", you often put a tilde over the letter preceding the "n".
    > So e.g. "France" was "Frce." I believe that this spelling was used
    > until about the time of the French revolution.

    In origin the tilde *was* a degenerate "n", of course.

    John Cowan                        
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