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21st Mar '18 10:05:12 AM MarqFJA
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After the apostrophe, the second most common punctuation mark is the diaeresis/umlaut (two different diacritics but both indicated by ẗwö döẗs övër ä lëẗẗër). In real life, the umlaut is used to indicate a difference in pronunciation (for example in German: ''fallen'' "to fall," fällen "to fell"), and a diaeresis is used to indicate that two vowels are pronounced separately rather than forming a diphthong (for example ''naïve''). Its use in fantasy was probably popularized by J.R.R. Tolkien (like MANY fantasy devices), who used it a lot. (He used acute and circumflex accents even more.) However, Tolkien was a linguistics professor, and [[UnbuiltTrope these came from actual grammatical and orthographic rules within his over half a dozen complete invented languages, and so served a real purpose.]] Often cropping up when foreign words were translated from their original script in Westron.

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After the apostrophe, the second most common punctuation mark is the diaeresis/umlaut (two different diacritics but both indicated by ẗwö döẗs övër ä lëẗẗër). In real life, the umlaut is used to indicate a difference in pronunciation (for example in German: ''fallen'' "to fall," fällen "to fell"), and a diaeresis is used to indicate that two vowels are pronounced separately rather than forming a diphthong (for example ''naïve''). Its use in fantasy was probably popularized by J.R.R. Tolkien (like MANY '''many''' fantasy devices), who used it a lot. (He lot; he used acute and circumflex accents even more.) more. However, Tolkien was a linguistics professor, and [[UnbuiltTrope these came from actual grammatical and orthographic rules within his over half a dozen complete invented languages, and so [[UnbuiltTrope served a real purpose.]] purpose]]. Often cropping up when foreign words were translated from their original script in Westron.
10th Mar '18 7:14:14 PM darkemyst
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* Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures has several characters with an apostrophe in their names, starting with Daniel Ti'Fiona. Many of these names came from player characters in the MMO Furcadia, or were suggested by readers.

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* Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' has several characters with an apostrophe in their names, starting with Daniel Ti'Fiona. Many of these names came from player characters in the MMO Furcadia, or were suggested by readers.readers.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': A friend of Taverk and Gil's from Paris who became the champion of Bishara and married Ludmilla, Keeper of the Lost Key of the Red Pyramid of Bishara, is named Thegon Ba'kont.
10th Mar '18 11:38:57 AM nombretomado
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4th Mar '18 7:24:34 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in ''SupernormalStep'' when a character named Akela T'nadne claims her last name is a contraction.

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* Played with in ''SupernormalStep'' ''Webcomic/SupernormalStep'' when a character named Akela T'nadne claims her last name is a contraction.
2nd Feb '18 12:20:54 PM BeerBaron
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* Male Khajiit in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series typically have a prefix separated from their name by an apostrophe, which indicates their status or a broad profession. Some are also said to use two titles, the prefix and a suffix separated by a hyphen, which is considered rather arrogant.

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* Male Khajiit in In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series typically have a prefix separated from their name series, the FantasticNamingConvention of the [[CatFolk Khajiit]] includes apostrophes and hyphens. Apostrophes are used primarily by an apostrophe, which indicates male Khajiit to indicate their status or profession, such as Ra'Virr and Dro'Zel. ("Ra" means "esteemed/respected leader". "Dro" means "grandfather".) Apostrophes are much more rarely used by female Khajiit. Hyphens are used by Khajiit of both sexes to separate a broad profession. suffix. Some are also said to names use ''both'', indicating two titles, the prefix and a suffix separated by a hyphen, titles which is considered rather to be arrogant.
31st Jan '18 4:05:40 AM jormis29
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* Creator/{{Blizzard}} make use of this a lot, something commented on by lead story dev, Chris Metzen. The ''Franchise/{{Warcraft}}'' series tends to give them to evil characters such as Gul'dan, Ner'zhul, and Kel'thuzad. And ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' has [[{{Precursors}} the Xel'Naga]].

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* Creator/{{Blizzard}} make use of this a lot, something commented on by lead story dev, Chris Metzen.Creator/ChrisMetzen. The ''Franchise/{{Warcraft}}'' series tends to give them to evil characters such as Gul'dan, Ner'zhul, and Kel'thuzad. And ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' has [[{{Precursors}} the Xel'Naga]].
23rd Jan '18 9:28:05 AM Derkhan
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* Steven Erikson's ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has names like: T'lan Imass, K'Chain Che'Malle, Onos T'oolan...
** Also of note are the related types of demons, the Kenryll'ah, and the Ken'yllrah. Apparently one of these is the nobility of their race, while the other are the peasants. Or something like that.
** It's worth noting that the apostrophe in T'lan Imass does represent a glottal stop, and is actually mentioned in world as a contraction of "Tellann". The others, meanwhile, are a little more unclear.

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* Steven Erikson's ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' Creator/StevenErikson's ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** The series
has names like: like T'lan Imass, Onos T'oolan, and so on... It's worth noting that the apostrophe in T'lan Imass does represent a glottal stop, is actually mentioned in-universe as a contraction of "Tellann" and is meant to signify that something is broken. Onos T'oolan used to go without the apostrophe before becoming {{undead}}.
** The LizardFolk
K'Chain Che'Malle, Onos T'oolan...
Che'Malle and their SlaveRace, the K'Chain Nah'ruk, are, well, LizardFolk. Almost all of their names seen in the series include an apostrophe: Sag'Churok, Gu'Rull, Gunth'an Acyl, Bre'nigan, etc. And since they have no spoken language, those probably don't hinder them at communicating, anyway.
** Also of note are the related types of demons, the Kenryll'ah, and the Ken'yllrah.Kenyll'rah. Apparently one of these is the nobility of their race, while the other are the peasants. Or something like that.
** It's worth noting that the apostrophe in T'lan Imass does represent a glottal stop, and is actually mentioned in world as a contraction of "Tellann". The others, meanwhile, are a little more unclear.
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21st Jan '18 4:52:37 AM Arcorann
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* In 2017 Kazakhstan began a switch from a Cyrillic-based alphabet to a Latin-based one. The president has explicitly aimed to avoid "hooks or superfluous dots" when devising the alphabet, instead preferring to use apostrophes. This decision [[https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/15/world/asia/kazakhstan-alphabet-nursultan-nazarbayev.html has been roundly criticised]].
28th Dec '17 5:55:46 PM nombretomado
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%%* [[http://www.furcadia.com/community/longnames.html Longnames]] on the MMORPG ''{{Furcadia}}''.

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%%* [[http://www.furcadia.com/community/longnames.html Longnames]] on the MMORPG ''{{Furcadia}}''.''VideoGame/{{Furcadia}}''.
27th Nov '17 6:42:48 AM PaulA
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* ''Literature/SnowCrash'' has a character named Da5id. The name is probably pronounced the same as "David", since in Roman numerals a V is equivalent to a 5.

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* ''Literature/SnowCrash'' has a character named Da5id.[=Da5id=]. The name is probably pronounced the same as "David", since in Roman numerals a V is equivalent to a 5.
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