April 4, 2014 by T. Gregory Argall
Today is Rändöm Ümlaut Däy.
I’ll bet you didn’t know that. Well, now you do. Just one of the many helpful services we provide here at TGA Fridays.
I know what you’re thinking… “What’s an umlaut?”
An umlaut is a punctuation a mark used as a diacritic over a vowel. That’s what the dictionary says.
All you really need to know is that an umlaut is those two little dots you see over letters sometimes. You know, like Mötley Crüe.
Sadly, the umlaut has fallen into disuse and it’s time for a comeback. With your help, we can bring the umlaut back to the forefront of confusing punctuation that people misuse and don’t understand.
Some of you participated in the last Rändöm Ümlaut Däy and for that we say Thänk Yoü. But some of you are hearing about Rändöm Ümlaut Däy for the fïrst time.
“Whät can I dö?” you ask. “How can I pärtïcïpätë?”
It’s sïmple and ëäsÿ…
Writing yet another boring inter-office email?
Spïce it üp with a fëw umlaüts!
Working on a business proposal?
Gët pötential clients’ ättention with ünnëcëssäry ümlauts!
Writing a love letter to that special someone?
Let hïm/hër knöw you cäre with söme ëxträ umläüts!
With ASCII code it’s easy. Using your “alt” key while typing the corresponding number, you can put an umlaut anywhere.
alt + 129 = ü
alt + 132 = ä
alt + 137 = ë
alt + 139 = ï
alt + 148 = ö
alt + 152 = ÿ
Tëll yöur frïënds, tëll your rëlätïvës. Spreäd the wörd and join thë fün.
Änd trÿ tö bë nïce to ëach öther.