July 22, 2010


At the all-staff meeting this morning, just after giving us the news that Snøhetta will build the new museum, SFMOMA director Neal Benezra provided an extra helpful bit of information: keyboard shortcut for typing that funny little Ø.  (ALT+ 0248) Thanks, Neal!

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This article is about the Scandinavian letter. For other uses, see Ø (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Slashed zero or Empty set.

Øminuscule: “ø“, Norwegian pronunciation: [øː], akin to /ə/ (debate) with protrusion as in /ʒ/ (vision) — is a vowel and a letter used in the Danish, Faroese and Norwegian languages.

The name of this letter is the same as the sound it represents (see usage). Though not its native name, among English-speaking typographers the symbol may be called a “slashed o” or “o with stroke”. Although these names suggest it is a ligature or a diacritical variant of the letter o, speakers of languages which use the letter ø hold that it is not.[citation needed] That is, emically they perceive it as a different letter entirely. In Norwegian and Danish, it is alphabetized after “z” — thus z æ ø and å.




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