What do you call the tip of a capital Q?

skald89's picture

What do you call the part that sticks out of a capital Q? Is there a name for it? What would you refer to it as if you were designing something and needed to write about that part of the q?

Bendy's picture

Tail.

skald89's picture

Thanks I was going to call it the tail or leg and wasn't sure if either was correct.

Florian Hardwig's picture

If you want to be really fancy, you can say cauda – but that’s just Latin for tail.

agisaak's picture

If it is a particularly tailish tail, I would go with caudissima .

André

Alex Kaczun's picture

Q-tip

quadibloc's picture

While the original poster's second post might have inspired someone to cite an anecdote concerning Abraham Lincoln, I think it's entirely reasonable to wonder if there wasn't some specific technical name for the stroke which distinguishes a Q from an O. Appendage, terminus, cauda, tail... or some other word, unique to the rarefied reaches of typography.

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