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I was just seeing the CV of Dr. Donald Knuth, which he calls as his Curriculum Vitæ. So is Curriculum Vitæ more appropriate than the commonly used Curriculum Vitae?

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I was reading Wikipedia's page - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curriculum_vitae , but I was totally confused and now feel quite philistine. I will pick CV , thanks a lot ;) –  Adel Jul 16 '11 at 5:49
    
I never saw it written as "æ" and also when I was studying Latin, as far as I can remember, when we were focusing on cases they were written as "ae". –  Alenanno Jul 16 '11 at 9:00

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Bear in mind that Donald Knuth, as author of Tex, has an above-average fixation with typesetting. I think it’s fair to say that most people would probably not use the ligature, but if you’re in any doubt you could do a quick Google search.

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I did and found that one is the plural of the other. Also found that it is common to use the singular form. But couldn't find which is more appropriate. –  Bernhard Heijstek Jul 16 '11 at 5:39
    
I really think you worry too much. Choose whichever you find most esthaetically pleasing and move on to a more interesting problem...! –  Neil Coffey Jul 16 '11 at 5:47
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@phycker - I believe you've misread that. Vitae and Vitæ are equivalent, modulo the typesetting difference. The plural would be vitarum. –  Dusty Jul 16 '11 at 5:48
    
@Neil - Wouldn't you concur that Learning Latin is an erudite and cerebral endeavor! –  Adel Jul 16 '11 at 5:54
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@Dusty - Yes I did! Thanks! –  Bernhard Heijstek Jul 16 '11 at 5:55

I can’t say which is the “more appropriate”, as that depends on a number of additional factors, with the lion’s share being subjective. That being said, however, I can tell you that the ligature version is the one you would have seen in Rome’s headier days. The digraph version is used simply because most folks do not care to bother with that level of fancy-pants lurnin’ — yes, even while seeking jobs.

EDIT: On re-reading this submission, I realized I sound like I’m implying something I did not intend to. So let me quickly clarify that I meant “learning how to type a ligature”, not that everyone ought to study Latin, or any such related conclusion.

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