There’s a lot of things that bug me in the blog and internet world. This is one of them:
See something wrong?
Yes, the tilde is missing over the n. I love the ñ and have always been a little jealous that some of my family members get to add it to their surname (Ureño).
Angeleño may look okay without the ñ, but it was originally written like that back in the day. The third phrase on the list makes me giggle. It’s the perfect example of how leaving the tilde off the n changes the meaning of the word. It’s no longer “new year,” it’s “new anus.” Yeah, people will probably know what you mean, but it’s still awkward.
For the most part, the people who read my blog are not guilty of leaving off tildes, so you can skip this and leave it to the people who search for the following phrase:
How to add a tilde over an n
On a PC: control-shift-tilde + n
Using the key pad: alt+164 (I’ve also seen 0209)
On a Mac: opt+n, a tilde will appear, press n again
iPhone/iPad: hold down on the n, three options should appear, choose ñ
In high school, I used the Word Perfect insert character option or just added the tilde after I’d printed my assignment. As a Spanish minor in college, learned the PC shortcuts lest my grade suffer. Switching from a PC to a Mac for my personal computer meant learning more shortcuts. Adding accents was one of the first things I looked up when I got the iPhone. If you rarely write in Spanish or other languages with accents, umlauts, tildes and other characters, it might be tough to remember these shortcuts. An easier shortcut might just be searching for the properly spelled word you need on Google and then copying and pasting it into your document. Example: if you google “pinata”, piñata comes up immediately.
This Penn State tutorial on typing accents and special characters probably has everything you need.
Feliz Ano Nuevo with Michael Peña (via Mun2)
Spanish alphabet photo by Nathan Gibbs, used under Creative Commons license.