Name the dot on lower case i and j

kristin's picture

Has anyone heard of a term other than "dot" for the dot that occurs above the lower case i and j?

I've been asked if there was an "official" term and I know of none.

Perhaps we can invent a new "official" term. Then we can claim special knowledge of it.

And to make this even more open-ended, I want to pass along the fact that here at Megacorporation, the registration mark is commonly referred to as an "R-ball". For some reason, however, a copyright symbol is not referred to as a "C-ball."


DrDoc's picture


guifa's picture

It's called a tittle.

«El futuro es una línea tan fina que apenas nos damos cuenta de pintarla nosotros mismos». (La Luz Oscura, por Javier Guerrero)

Wesley.Bancroft's picture

Can also be referred to as a Jot:

Jot / N. Gr.

The name of the letter, ex. i.
The smallest letter of the Greek alphabet.
An iota; a point; a tittle; the smallest particle.

Although a Jot usually is referring to the whole character.

paragraph's picture

What about dotaccent and dotlessi?

charles ellertson's picture

Sometimes a dotaccent is just a dotaccent.

Si_Daniels's picture

This is intriguing...

>I just got permission from Matthew Carter to reprint his small essay on “tittle,”

Wonder if anyone is familiar with it?

Dan Gayle's picture

I giggle a little whenever you use that word...

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Tittle on Wikipedia. A tittle-ating entry.

And from my Mac's dictionary:

kristin's picture

Thanks everyone! I'm feeling so entittled!

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

It's nice to see that Megacorporation has Typographers on staff. Other places don't have those anymore!

will powers's picture


We should stick with "dot" and leave "tittle" to purists and jargon mavens.

I mean: why should we have to say or write "tittlelessi" when we can use "dotlessi"? For another thing, "tittlelessi" looks like the name of a Greek or Bulgarian cheese I could buy at Spiro's up there on University Avenue.

I had not bothered to see who made that first post until I saw Ricardo refer to "Megacorporation." Then I knew it was you. Cheers from across the river.


speter's picture

You have to target your comments...

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

I think that I'm with Will on this... See an earlier thread about the use of the terms "majuscules" and "minuscules":

Florian Hardwig's picture

Name the dot on lower case i and j

To me, it’s just a half-assed umlaut.

paragraph's picture

Beautiful, Florian :)

Si_Daniels's picture

On Florian has the balls to call it how it is.

dberlow's picture

"Name the dot on lower case i and j"
I was thinking the i-dot would be Claire, the j-dot Buzz, then on the next face, who knows, Armstrong and Jackie, or Nick and Nack.


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