Discussion in 'Spanish-English Grammar / Gramática Español-Inglés' started by Porteño, Apr 7, 2007.
Can anybody tell me what the 'squiggle' above the 'n' is called?
Tilde in English.
Tilde in Spanish can also mean acento.
(Del dim. de vírgula).
1. f. Signo ortográfico de forma de coma, rasguillo o trazo; p. ej., el apóstrofo, la cedilla, la tilde de la ñ, etc.
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Many thanks, Bienvenidos and gonza_arg
I disagree with you. The peculiar sign "~" above the "n" isen't a squiggle. It is named "tilde" in Spanish or "til" in Portuguese. In English is "tilde". Example: caña.
The Spanish language has only the acute accent (´), which is used if the stress is laid on any other syllable than the general rules of prosody would lead one to expect.
Examples: "árbol", "libro" (without accent), "balcón".
Postscript: It is an ampersand (&) a "squiggle" or an English sign that means "and"?
Calm down, Tombatossals . "Squiggle" in English doesn't have any bad connotations, it just means a wavy line!
So: no, an ampersand isn't a squiggle, it's not wavy enough...
Thanks, Loob for so neatly stepping in and avoiding a fracas!!!
In Spanish, both "tilde" and "virgulilla" are correct and used.
However "tilde" and "acento" are also used for the accent markin the stress, as in "á". So "tilde" can be ambiguous... but it's usually clear from the context.
Separate names with a comma.