language question re: IDNs
everson at evertype.com
Wed Oct 7 14:47:26 CEST 2009
OED does not have homoglyph. It has homograph, in a very short
1. (See quot. 1823.) Obs.
1810 J. SPRATT in Nicholson's Jrnl. XXV. 325 (title) Invention of a
Homograph, or Method of Communication by Signals, on Sea or Land.
1823 CRABB Technol. Dict., Homograph (Mil.), a sort of telegraphic
signals performed by means of a white pocket handkerchief.
2. Philol. A word of the same spelling as another, but of
different origin and meaning.
1873 F. HALL Mod. Eng. 170 Homographs, identical to the eye; as base,
bore, dun, fair..in their various senses.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homograph as well as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homoglyph
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