Ubuntu – What’s a dead ogonek, and where is it on the keyboard

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I was changing a shortcut on gnome terminal and I found that:

http://i.imgur.com/HBnzuuJ.png

What is it?

Best Answer

An ogonek is an diacritic mark that looks like a right-facing hook placed underneath a letter. It originates from central European languages such as Polish and Lithuanian.

ĄĘĮǪŲY̨ ąęį ǫųy̨

A dead key is a key that doesn't insert any character when you press it, but affects the next character you type. Dead keys add an accent to the next letter. So if you press dead ˛ then A, you get the character Ą.

It's weird to have a shortcut on this key. Unless your keyboard layout is meant for a language that uses this accent, you wouldn't have this key.