What is a tilde?

Svetlana
Svetlana
March 2, 2015
What is a tilde?

The word "tilde" is often found on hand-made forums, where fans gather to sew soft toys. However, initially it has nothing to do with toys.

In this article we will tell you what a tilde is and how this word got into handicraft terminology.

Tilde: definition

In its basic meaning, “tilde” is a special typographical mark in the form of a wavy line (). In many languages, a tilde can be written over letters and denotes a special sound. For example, in Portuguese the letter “ã” means that the vowel must be pronounced “in the nose”. There are also subscript tildes and letters crossed with tildes.

This sign is also applied in mathematics. The simplest example is using a tilde in front of a number to show an approximate value: for example, “ 5 mm” is “about five millimeters”. In addition to mathematics, tilde is used in physics, astronomy, and programming languages, as well as for compiling search queries in Google and Yandex.

Tilde like a toy

The handmade term “tilde” is in no way associated with the typographical tilde, despite the identical sound.Toys created in a certain style began to be called "tildes" at the suggestion of the Norwegian artist Tone Finager, who invented plump rag dolls with sketchy faces and smooth outlines. When Finager decided to open her own shop and searched for a name for him, she simply made a list of female names beginning with the letter “T” and randomly chose one of them.

The style created by Finager, "went to the people", and now anyone can try their hand at making a tilde doll.