From: Marion Gunn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Mar 28 2004 - 17:31:21 EST
Yes. I can verify that (the Irish word for it is 'cuairín', which can only
mean something softly curved).
Scríobh Séamas Ó Brógáin:
>John Cowan wrote:
>> That reminds me. The name of the circumflex accent is obviously
>> derived from Greek, but its form is not. Is it in fact the degenerate
>> descendant of the letter "s", does anybody know?
>No. When accent marks (probably in fact tone marks) were first applied
>(retrospectively) to Classical Greek the circumflex accent was
>curved---exactly like an upside-down breve, in fact. Hence the name, or
>so I have always assumed. You can see this form in some older fonts. It
>has also been made identical to the tilde, but I'm pretty certain the
>upside-down-breve is the original form.
>Séamas Ó Brógáin
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