In a message dated 8/21/2001 5:32:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
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> That's the ordinal ``o'', as used in Spanish (segundo), not to be
> confused (as it often is) for the degree symbol. Some fonts underline
> them to distinguish them.
Only sometimes (also an "a" for feminine usage). The N with that character is
used to signify the Spanish word "número," and the sign is also -- for who
knows what reason -- used similarly in Russian. I have also seen the
underscored superior "o"and "a" used in a number of languages for a number of
different purposes; BUT in all the years I have worked with type (plenty) I
have never known of any particular name for these characters.
-- Dick Weltz, Spectrum Multilanguage Communications, NYC
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