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A, the first letter of the English and most other alphabets, is frequently used as an abbreviation, (q.v.) and also in the marks of schedules or papers, as schedule A, B, C, &c. Among the Romans this letter was used in criminal trials. The judges were furnished with small tables covered with wax, and each one inscribed on it the initial letter of his vote; A, when he voted to absolve the party on trial; C, when he was for condemnation; and N L, (non liquet) when the matter did not appear clearly, and be desired a new argument.

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The list in Table 1 does not include, moreover, thirty cases in this category where Petrocchi has a diaeresis on a final accented diphthong followed by sinalefe, and where for reasons that I shall discuss later I believe that synaeresis followed by dialefe would be a more likely presumption.
A diaeresis after the fourth foot in a dactylic hexameter, especially common in pastoral poetry, is called a bucolic diaeresis or bucolic caesura.
The galliambic meter is scanned as U U U - | UU - - || U U - U | U U - , with a diaeresis after the second foot.