Circumflex

My cool word of the moment is circumflex. I saw it in the book lex & yacc, just skimmed through. It’s what this symbol is called: ^. It’s also known as a caret or a hat. Hat is the term I’m used to using, from physics. But “circumflex” definitely sounds cooler.

3 Responses to “Circumflex”

  1. andrew247 says:

    Did you not do a foreign language at school?
    A circumflex is normally on top of a letter, like this: Í, and is used to mark missing letters.
    E.g. In French, tÍte [head] is derived from the Latin “teste”. The circumfex is used to mark the missing ‘s’.
    The caret is a circumflex moved off the top of a letter into it’s own space – they mean the same, but I think depending on where they are positioned in a word, they have diferent names.
    But I dropped Latin a few years ago, and French this year, so I might be wrong. :(

  2. Elliot Lee says:

    Thanks, andrew. I took 4 years of Spanish but never came across any circumflexes (if that’s the correct plural).

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