Glyph of the Week

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¸ cedilla Unicode 00B8

The cedilla – ¸ – was once a letter z. It had a complicated relationship with the letter c. After sitting next to each other for a while, they became a digraph in the Kingdom of Castile. Initially, the z was featured very prominently in writing and the c was just a curl, but a change was looming. It may or may not have been due to older, long-standing traditions that the c became to be regarded as the more relatable of the pair, a familiar face from home, while the z was seen as a foreign modifier. In the fateful hands of time, the c was reinstated as a letter while the z now aged into a wry and wrinkly shape. Made into a cedilla, it eventually grew into disregard in the Castilian tongue. However, many of the neighboring languages, notably French and Portuguese, were long intrigued by the cedilla's exotic aspiration and kept the c-cedilla pair. Even though it remained tiny in size, its proper representation became a significant point of pride. After some time, even distant languages such as Turkish noticed the cedilla and introduced it to other letters. It went on to become a noteworthy diacritical mark, selected for the second tier of Unicode characters. To this day, it appears alongside many letters in many languages, as well as on its own.

Like all elementary diacritical marks, the cedilla at 00B8 is not technically used to compose combined letters but to display an always-unjoined cedilla. For coolness reasons, it still approaches closely¸ and connects to itself.¸¸¸¸¸¸¸¸

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Glyph of the Week: ¸ cedilla 00B8

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