April 20, 2005
You know, some things are so mired in details that an explanation becomes overblown. You wished you hadn't asked.
So, to keep it short. Latin roots: dia (through, between, apart, across) and crit (to separate, discern, judge). Diacritical marks are the typographic marks used in the Vietnamese written language to determine tone, vowel and consanant. For example, my birth name, Trần Trọng Đạt.
So it is a double-entendre. There's the Dia Art Center in New York and now there's the diacritic in Saigon. Hopefully the bases will be covered.
And it's my birthday today.
Posted by rst at April 20, 2005 09:35 PM
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