I will start this off with a confession: I used to be a French teacher. Yes, I admit it. I was the teacher of the class that most of you hated in high school. Sure, I tried to make it fun, but you sat there most of class thinking how inane it all was, wondering why in the hell you were forced to take the class. Your guidance counselor told you that it would look good on your college applications if you had at least three years of French on your transcript, but you were willing to consider Community College or even a career at Walmart if it meant no more verb conjugations.
But this article is not about that.
As a blogger, I try to read a lot of other blogs and this time of year, there is a preponderance of posts pertaining to an increasingly popular style of wine, rosé.
But this post is not about rosé wines, either.
So for all of you that slept through my French class, I hope you all noticed that little “line” above the e in the word “rosé.” That, my dear readers is l’accent aigu or the accute accent. For some reason, many bloggers choose to omit that cute little accent when writing about rosé wine. Why? I have no flipping idea (although I suspect laziness).
In some cases, people will make no attempt whatsoever to accentuate the last letter and simply write “rose.” A rose is a flower. “Rose” can also be the name of your Great Aunt in Kansas who may still be alive, but it is not the name of a wine style.
Or worse, people know that there is some sort of line required to turn a rose into a rosé, but either they have no clue that it is an actual acute accent, or they simply don’t care to figure out how to coax one out of a keyboard.
Instead, they write:
Yes, that is rose, followed by an apostrophe.
More like catastrophe.
Hell, “rosay” would be better than ” rose’ ” (I put an additional space on either side purposefully, to accentuate the lack of accent), since that would at least acknowledge the phonetic significance of the missing accent. But an apostrophe? An apostrophe provides no pronunciation guidance whatsoever.
I understand typos, auto-correct, errors that result from too little (or too much) editing, and even misspellings–it happens to me all the time unfortunately. I likely use too many commas (or perhaps too few), and I use parentheses far too much (that is just the way my brain works–or doesn’t work). I also use dashes too often. I should probably be using more colons or semi-colons.
But come on. All it takes is a couple key strokes to insert the accent.
I am not as concerned with the other accents, although it would be nice to see an occasional accent grave (Mourvèdre), circonflexe (Rhône), cédille (français), or tréma (Moët), since I understand that users of the English language are inherently lazy and generally xenophobic (look it up), I realize I can only hope for so much.
This bastardization of written language is not limited to wine either. There is one thing that I wish were universal. If you ever type
I would like to send you my resume’
You should be immediately listed as permanently unemployed (it is “résumé” or at least “resumé”).
(Don’t you dare bring up the explosion of apostrophes in personal names as proof that the apostrophe has developed some sort of linguistic significance, since in many of those cases, it should be an accent aigu as well.)
Instead of just ranting about the incorrect use of the apostrophe and the lack of the acute accent, I am here to help. If you are one of those that I have no idea how to add an acute accent to an e, it is very simple:
Mac users: Hold down the Option key, type e, release the option key, type e again. That’s it.
PC users: Hold down the Alt key and type 130 on the number keypad, and voilà!
For those of you still challenged, click on the link below, which will give you step-by-step instructions on how to figure out the process of adding accents:
On WordPress, you really have no excuse other than simple laziness (or a desire to tweak your high school French teacher), since all it takes is to click on the Omega (Ω) button in the editor and then click on the desired accent.