# Observation (not a question): the commands \guillemotleft and \guillemotright appear to be misspellings [closed]

The traditional French double quotation marks, « and », are called guillemets. They are used in the scripts of many modern languages, including some forms of Chinese (as 《 and 》 in restricted contexts).

The standard LaTeX commands to produce them, however, are \guillemotleft and \guillemotright; substituting e for the o leads to a compiler error. It seems that a non-standard spelling of guillemet influence the choice of the LaTeX command.

My Petit Robert (vintage 1991) defines guillemot: "Oiseau palmipède voisin du pingouin, habitant les régions arctiques [Web-footed bird related to the penguin, inhabiting arctic regions]". Perhaps this is all a plot to plant Linux imagery in people's LaTeX code.

I originally posted this comment here: http://wp.me/p1OF2a-cU .

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It seems that Adobe has acknowledged the error, but they think it's too late to change the characters' names in their tables. –  egreg Nov 10 '11 at 20:52