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  • noun háček


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

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Etymology unknown; first known use is the United States Government Printing Office Style Manual of 1967, where it apparently referred to an inverted caret. Possibly derived from caret after its similar shape (^), and with -on either from macron or as an augmentative after reanalysis of -et as a diminutive.



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  • The little upside-down circumflex, as in �?, š, and ž, used in the Slavic-Latin alphabet in Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, and other languages (the alphabet is known in the South Slavic languages as gajica, named after the Croatian Ljudevit Gaj, who modeled it on the Czech alphabet, originally invented in the 15th c. by Jan Hus). In Slovene this mark is called strešica, ("little roof"); in Czech, há�?ek ("little hook").

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