Ancient Greek apostrophe marking elision

Richard Wordingham via Unicode unicode at
Tue Jan 29 13:57:40 CST 2019

On Mon, 28 Jan 2019 20:55:39 -0500
"Mark E. Shoulson via Unicode" <unicode at> wrote:

> On 1/28/19 2:31 AM, Mark Davis ☕️ via Unicode wrote:
> >
> > But the question is how important those are in daily life. I'm not 
> > sure why the double-click selection behavior is so much more of a 
> > problem for Ancient Greek users than it is for the somewhat larger 
> > community of English users. Word selection is not normally as 
> > important an operation as line break, which does work as expected.  
> This is a good point.  Bottom line is that word-selection, at least,
> is not going to be _exactly_ right.  Oh, and for another example,
> note that Esperanto also regularly (in poetry, anyway) uses a
> word-final apostrophe (of some kind) to indicate elision of the final
> -o of a nominative singular noun, or the -a of the article "la".
> What shall we say to Esperantists who can't correctly the third word
> in «al la mond’ eterne militanta / Ĝi promesas sanktan harmonion»?  I
> guess "Suck it up and deal with it."  And that may indeed be the
> answer.

Who's going to punish them for using U+02BC?

I found some documentation of an Ancient Greek spell-checker for
OpenOffice.  It listed problem with the apostrophe as one of its


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