# Circumflex to Distinguish Variable Names

Some authors create new variable names by adorning well-known symbols (like $$A$$) with the upright ($$\hat{A}$$), read “A hat”, and inverted ($$\check{A}$$) circumflex, read as “A check”. Depending on the font, these tiny diacritical marks can be hard to discern at a glance. A particularly egregious example is found in Hinze 2012, "Generic Programming with Adjunctions" (p. 5).

Hinze 2012, "Generic Programming with Adjunctions" (p. 5) creates two new variable names by adorning the letter A with upright and inverted circumflex symbols.