One of my favourite spots on the old A9 between Stirling and Perth is the Eaglesgate Retail Village, next to the Tullibardine Distillery at Blackford, near Auchterarder. Those of us versed in more complicated alphabets sometimes complain about the way English monolinguals tend to simply ignore diacritical marks, as if they were just some useless fancy stuff. And even if they do make an effort, we often smirk when they get it wrong.

Each time I pass the place I wonder whether there is any language in which cafés are really spelt cáfes. But I rather doubt it, even though the spelling is consistently kept on all the three boards on that wall.



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