How do I write the following: The dot above the letter I is to indicate a falafel, a common Middle Eastern food.

  • do I write "letter i" or "letter I"
  • The English letter l (el or ell) doesn't have a dot above it. The letter i (i, ie) does. Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 21:38
  • You should italicise a letter when you are referring to it as a letter. In this case, you should italicise the lowercase i without the qualifying use of the word letter.
    – epsilon
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 21:44
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    This is a matter of style; adhere to the guidance of your editor, organization, or preferred style manual.
    – choster
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 22:37
  • The odd claim that the dot somehow represents "a falafel" makes me wonder if you are referring to Turkish orthography, which distinguishes between dotted and un-dotted versions of the letter I in both upper and lower cases: İ/i vs. I/ı. Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 22:58

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As far as I'm aware, it's entirely personal choice of the author. I'm not familiar with a standardised way to "quote" letters individually. One would assume that some would choose to display it like this: "i". Considering your specific example refers to the tittle (dot above the "i"), I'd suggest that the way that I have chosen to display it is appropriate. However, i, in which the letter is displayed in italics, is reasonable.

  • Thank you, that is what I was wondering, I am creating a brand book for a middle eastern restaurant, and the logo has an i with a green dot that symbolizes the falafel, that was a sentence from the book, maybe I should have clarified that but I didn't think it was necessary for an answer.
    – lucky d
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 16:48
  • No, I don't think anything else was needed, but it's always useful to cast some context! Happy to help, sorry the answer was a dead-end. Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 23:07

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