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expletive, and marks on letters.

In French there are two letters expletive—l and t. The former, calledl ephelcystic,ʹ is placed before on if the preceding word ends with a vowel, as si-l-on. The latter is calledt euphonistic,” and is used in interrogative sentences between the third person singular of verbs ending with a vowel, and a pronoun beginning with a vowel, as gelle-t-il? a-t-elle?


The chief accents are the grave (), acute () and circumflex (~).


Two dots over the latter of two vowels (called diœresis), signify that each vowel is to be sounded, as Aëtʹius (4 syl.).


A hyphen between two or more nouns or syllables denotes that they form a compound word, as mother-in-law. The hyphen in French is called a “trait dʹunion,” as irai-je.


In French, the mark (,) under the letter c is called a cedilla, and signifies that the c (which would otherwise be = k) is to be pronounced like s, as ça (sah), and garçon (garson).


A small comma (‘) over an a, o, or u, in Scandinavian languages, is called an umlau, and a vowel so marked is called an umlaute (3 syl.).


(" or ∞) over the vowel o in German, is called a zweipunct (2 syl.), and gives the vowel the sound of a French eu, as in peu, etc.; but over the vowel u it gives it the sound of the French u in dût.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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