TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What is the dot over the letter “i” called?

February 11, 2014 – What name has been given to the dot over the letters “i” or “j”?

Answer: tittle

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word originated around 1382 meaning “small stroke or point in writing” or “accent mark over a vowel.”

Its origin is the Middle English titel, Old English titul and Medieval Latin titulus, meaning mark over letter or word.
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