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Comments for entry Waltzing Ma-tilde
The tilde (~) (pronounced /'tɪldɘ/) is a grapheme with several uses. The name of the character comes from Spanish, from the Latin titulus meaning a title or superscription. It was originally written over a letter as a mark of abbreviation, but has since acquired a number of other uses as a diacritic mark or a character in its own right. In the latter capacity (especially in lexicography), a tilde is sometimes confused with a swung dash (usually lengthened to ～) which is used in dictionaries to indicate the omission of a word.
Now if I can only figure out how to get my Imac to print one!
Author: Von Cello Eintrag from 23.04.2008
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