I Like You… Umlaut

“You’re looking at the umlaut, and it’s looking at you.”

autodidact [ˈɔːtəʊˌdaɪdækt]na person who is self-taught[from Greek autodidaktos self-taught, from autos self + didaskein to teach]

And the umlaut?

Decorative umlauts have a long and distinguished tradition in music, but generally they aren’t intended to modify the way the word is pronounced. Not so with ÄUTODIDACT; I want the umlaut to affect the pronounciation, so rather than

AW-TOE-DIE-DACT, it’s

OW-TOE-DIE-DACT

Why? Apart from looking forward to correcting anyone who pronounces it wrong, it also makes it a unique word. ÄUTODIDACT is not an existing word. (The German, incidentally, is autodidakt).

And, believe it or not, I’m not the first person to think autodidact is a good idea for a name:

Autodidact (a Texan rock band); Autodidact (an EP released in 1997); Autodidact Records (a New York state record company); aUtOdiDakT (a DJ and producer). And so on. There’s even an Autodidact Project out there already.

Well, the internet is a big place and there’s room for everybody, and, besides, everything’s been done by somebody somewhere already anyway. Those who disagree need to watch this:

Simpsons already did it!

projectÄUTODIDACT

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