απόστροφος

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Etymology[edit]

Learnedly, from Hellenistic Koine Greek ἀπόστροφος (apóstrophos), substantivised feminine of the ancient adjective with sense: "turning away from, averted", from verb ἀποστρέφω (apostréphō).[1] From ἀπό (apó) + στροφ- of verb στρέφω (stréphō) + ending -ος (-os).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /aˈpo.stɾo.fos/
  • Hyphenation: α‧πό‧στρο‧φος

Noun[edit]

απόστροφος (apóstrofosf (plural απόστροφοι)

  1. (typography) apostrophe, the character

Usage notes[edit]

For Greek texts:

  • It takes the place of a vowel which is omitted in pronunciation. The space separating the two words is retained, e.g.
    από το "from the" pronounced /apo‿to/ > απ' το pronounced /apto/
    μου είπε "he/she/it has said to me" pronounced /mu‿ˈipe/ > μου 'πε pronounced /ˈmupe/
  • In practice, especially when typing, the simple typographic apostroph ' (Unicode U+0027, decimal ') is used instead of the ʼ (modifier apostrophe U+02BC, ʼ) or (a quotation mark U+2019, ’) used in typography, texts, books.

Declension[edit]

Related terms[edit]

See also[edit]

see also: Greek Punctuation and Greek alphabet (Diacritics)

References[edit]

  1. ^ απόστροφοςΛεξικό της κοινής νεοελληνικής [Dictionary of Standard Modern Greek], 1998, by the "Triantafyllidis" Foundation.