That Word: Tittle (15)

That Word is a segment where I post a new word each week. They are words that I’ve newly discovered or words I’ve known but wanted to be more thorough in knowing the meaning. This could be for writer’s like myself looking carefully into the words we use or it could be for those people who are just interested in all kinds of different words. No matter which one you are, this post is for you. This week’s word is…

Tittle

Where I Discovered It

This is a word I have heard of before, but it came forward again while playing Trivia Crack.

 

Definition/s

  1. A dot or other small mark in writing or printing, used as diacritic, punctuation, etc.
  2. A very small part or quantity; a particle, jot, or whit:
Sourced from Dictionary.com

Origins

This is a new section to my That Word posts. I noticed on dictionary.com that there is a small section that describes origins of the words and thought it might be interesting information to share.

Middle English: titel

Old English: titul

Medieval Latin: titulus (also the origin of title)

 

Example Sentences

He doesn’t care a tittle that he’s going to make us late.

Now add the tittle, the lowercase I is not the same without it.

 

My Thoughts

Tittle is a word I have heard of before, but it is one I’ve only heard of rarely. It’s likely something I heard originally as a fun fact from a friend about what the dot above the lower case I is named.

I think one reason why I like this word is it is the name of something that generally people wouldn’t necessarily think of having a name other then perhaps dot. So in all it’s an unknown name and it is cool to know it. It is also interesting, although perhaps not totally surprising that tittle shares origins with title. They are so similar that it is to think or misread tittle as title if one is skimming carelessly.

In writing stories, I doubt it is a word that would be used often, but because of its second definition it could be used. However, perhaps it would depend more on the character who says it to whether it would be used.

Tittle is fairly simple to sound. It is fairly similar to title except for the short and long i sound. One thing to remember is the silent e on the end of course.

 

Have you heard or seen tittle before? Have you used it before? Do you think you would use it in the future? Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments.

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