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shoddy umlaut work

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TaurielTest · 02/03/2009 08:18

Dear makers of Plum Baby cereal,
Müsli or Muesli. Not Müesli.
Picture evidence here

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SauerKraut · 02/03/2009 08:27

Well, hactually, if I may say so, on my first ever visit to Pedants' Corner it was invented by Dr. Bircher, who was Swiss. And the Swiss write "Müesli". Or even "Birchermüesli".

TaurielTest · 02/03/2009 08:51

Blimey do they really? I sit corrected, thanks! I presumed it was just another an example of injudicious sprinkling of diacritics where they're not needed to lend an air of sophistication.

I do wonder why you get üe in Swiss German though - seems sort of tautological.

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Nontoxic · 02/03/2009 08:54

Er - don't you stand corrected? (Claws back sense of superiority to cover up not understanding reference to diacritics).

TaurielTest · 02/03/2009 09:05

Well, I would, but I'm sitting down
Diacritics are just extra bits on letters (accents, hooks, dots, slashes) - and it always irks me when they're just added to make things exotic. cf Princess Tiáamii.
Shame I seem to have picked on a case when they seem to have known what they were about.

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