Name: horn
Adobe PS: horn
Unicode: 031B
Languages: Vietnamese


History and examples of use

The modern Vietnamese alphabet (or quốc ngữ) dates back from 1527, when Christian missionaries in that country transcribed the Vietnamese language into Latin for teaching and evangelization purposes. In the modern alphabet, the horn is attached to existing vowels to alter the pronunciation. There are two vowels produced in this way: Ơ/ơ, and Ư/ư. (Effectively, they create unrounded variants of existing rounded vowels U/u and Ô/ô.) In Vietnamese, additional diacritics can be added above or below to specify the intonation or tone. For example, acutes are used for writing vowels with raising tones, and breves are used for writing vowels with dipping tone. An acute can be added to ư to produce ứ, and a breve can be added to ơ to produce ờ.


There are several requirements for drawing a horn properly:

In "Ω Times and Ω Helvetica Fonts Under Development: Step One", the designers designed "ơ" using the glyphs of the ring accent, the apostrophe and letter "o".