Anatomy question about the letter W

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Anatomy question about the letter W
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Is there a name for the anatomical condition in a capital W, where the second and third diagonal intersect (crossover one another) rather than form a pointed apex?

[[http://myfonts.us/td-xqRvmI|Garamond W]], for example.

Vs. [[http://myfonts.us/td-PKXnLg|Minion]], for example.

And while I'm at it, what's [[http://myfonts.us/td-swl07E|this]] condition in Goudy catalogue called, where the second diagonal meets the third mid way up, creating a left-leaning terminal/apex?

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I’m not aware of names.
However, I don’t believe that “crossover” is necessary for that category, because these are all the same idea, with varying amounts of overlap of the “V”s:

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If, however, you wanted to define two categories on Nick's continuum, you could easily do so at the point when the upper counter between the Vs disappears. A different candidate for the distinction could be the place at which the two middle bilateral serifs conjoin and become one.