Learn how to spell résumé

Attention people of the world. Please learn how to spell résumé. It has two accent aigus — one on each “e.”

The HTML for this is résumé.

If your computer/email program cannot handle accented characters reliably, “resume” is acceptable.

However, “résume” and “resumé” are never correct.

Thank you.

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  1. People of the word – did you mean ‘world’? ;) Sorry, couldn’t resist – and yes, I agree, but where English is the lingua franca (oh the irony) of the world, things like using accents – let alone the right ones, or even knowing what they’re called – seem strange to so many people. My bugaboo is also know as the ‘little dots’ syndrome… umlauts, people, they’re called umlauts!

    Language is such a limitation anyway…

  2. They’re only called umlauts in German in a few other languages.

    In French, it’s called a diaeresis, e.g in Noël (Christmas) or Michaëlle Jean (Canada’s Governor-General).

  3. Without the accents, it’s a diffrent word: “to take up — or begin — anew” As in” “to resume conducting business.”

  4. Someone should tell Webster’s dictionary that they incorrectly state that resume and resumé are correct variants! Who does the dictionary think they are, trying to tell us how words are spelt, I mean spelled.

  5. I agree with Mr. Schreiber. The word in question should be spelled
    résumé, but let’s discuss why.

    Without the accents, “résumé” becomes “resume”, which means “to begin again”.

    “Resume” has a silent “e” on the end of it, making the first “e” long as in “Pete”.

    To make “resume” into “résumé”, you must put accents over each “e”, creating the short “e” sound as in “bed”.

    I’m a professor, but I used to be an elementary teacher. So, I know these things.

    Hope this helps! Class is dismissed.

  6. Sorry, but I would take you more seriously if you capitalized your name in the header and page title. Who do you think you are, e.e. cummings? ass.

  7. Nope, not doin’ it. I’m way too American to put more than one accent over a letter per word. Don’t care if it’s wrong. American English makes it’s own rules, and if enough of us say no to this French nonsense, then it will become the vernacular of the people and it will become the new accepted correct spelling. Oh….. wait, it already is. BYE GRAMMAR NAZIS! :D

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