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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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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.
There is also the possibility that Latin after the Carolingian reforms was spoken with a new, bookish scrupulosity that may have involved the use of a pitch accent, explicitly described by the Latin grammarians; in a recent survey of the origins of Western music writing, Leo Treitler rejects the idea that there was a pitch accent for Carolingian Latin--with all the implications that has for a possible link between Latin accent marks and neumes--but he gives no evidence of having considered Wright's views.
Though marred by distracting editorial slips in areas like French accent marks and capitalization, her work represents a significant contribution to our understanding of the role of religion in the conflict between regional and national values.