Large overlaying typographical characters in various different colours

TYPOGRAPHY GLOSSARY

Let’s start with the word tittle-tattle, which is a fairly well known English phrase that means to hold a casual conversation about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as true. In other words: idle gossip. Tattle means to to let out secrets to someone in authority, often to cause trouble. So, we can infer that tittle-tattle is to whisper about other peoples secrets behind their backs. Now we are not going to do that but we will reveal some secrets about typography.

Tittle

Dog ear

Loop

Eye

Counter

Open counter

Bar

x-height

Ascender

Spine

Descender

Shoulder

Slab Serif

Serif

Sans serif

Bullet points

Hanging bullets

Hyphens, en-dashes and em-dashes

Ellipsis

Curly quotes

Ink traps

Widow

Orphan

Kerning

Tracking