April 26, 2012

In Defense of the Diaeresis

The New Yorker‘s Mary Norris responded to criticism about the diaeresis, recently maligned repeatedly by The Atlantic.

Which side are you on, boys? (and girls)


  1. Sheila Ryan on April 26th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I pretty much use one whenever I write “Laocoön.”

  2. Michael Grant Smith on April 27th, 2012 at 5:49 am

    I’m for, but if it doesn’t show up on phone keypads and touchscreens I guess it is pretty much toast.

  3. Casey Cichowicz on April 27th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Sheila, you’d be crazy not to.

  4. Sheila Ryan on April 27th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I also use the rock horns when typing the names “Motörhead” and “Blue Öyster Cult,” but those are not proper diaereses.