I need to reëxamine my love of the New Yorker's editorial department.
July 13, 2012 5:16 PM Subscribe
What the heck is up with the New Yorker's umlauts?
posted by deathpanels to writing & language (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The New Yorker employs this really strange spelling for English words that repeat a vowel. For instance, every other publication in the world would use the spelling "cooperate" or "co-operate", but the New Yorker would spell it "coöperate".
Wikipedia says this is a case of diaeresis
, but why on earth does the New Yorker do this when no one else in the anglophone world uses this spelling? It particularly bugs me that this story
is formatted to use the New Yorker's preferred spelling, but it totally clashes with the voice and diction of the author and in my opinion distracts from the writing. I realize the New Yorker is pretentious ("it's the New Yorker"
). But come on! Is there some history around that publication's use of the umlaut? Help me penetrate this editorial mystery.