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diacritic

A diacritic (or diacritical mark) is a mark added to a letter, usually to indicate a specific pronunciation of that letter.
Of the various languages using the Latin alphabet, English is one of the few that generally does not use diacritical marks. Those words that do contain them are typically foreign loanwords whose diacritics have been retained in English. The most common of these that appear in English are known as accents (either acute, as in café, or grave, as in vis-à-vis).
There are, however, a few diacritics that are used in native English words.
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diacritic

A small mark added to a letter that changes its pronunciation, such as an acute accent (á), a grave accent (à) and a cedilla (ç).
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The difference, Pacheco said, is that the tilde creates a whole new letter - and therefore a different word - while accent marks help with proper pronunciation.
For example, one finds letters transposed, producing silly spelling mistakes (nouz for nous, legalopsychoz for megalopsychos, and so on), and impossible accentuation (foreign language accents are used and accent marks find their way over consonants).
But beware - a poorly translated business card, or incorrect accent marks, can quickly mar any good impression you're trying to create.
You feel inferior to the "nice" people who live in your neighbourhood and think that your accent marks you out as such.
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It also clarifies the implementation of such languages as Bengali and the relationship between base form letters and accent marks.
Catherine Greschner painstakingly types out a college French assignment, checking the spelling and the accent marks.