: a caption superimposed over usually the lower part of a video image (as during a news broadcast)
If you’re an avid New Yorker reader like I am, you’re probably familiar with this little accent mark–often mistaken for the German umlaut–that’s placed over words with two consecutive vowels:
Coöperation, coördinate, reëngineer, and preëminent to name a few.
This might seem like a post intended for another blog. After all, what on Earth does grammar and punctuation have to do with beer?
Just looking at this word makes me laugh. But it is a real word, at least according to Merriam-Webster, the American Heritage Dictionary, and a few other sources. And not only is this word legit–it’s been used since 1766!
Editing or writing something and can’t find a word in Merriam-Webster, American Heritage, or the Oxford English Dictionary? Don’t freak out and don’t (necessarily) delete it.