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Is there a comprehensive list on the web where I can find the names of common symbols? Google unfortunately doesn't search on symbols, so it is pretty much useless there.

Specifically, what is ` called (the symbol to the left of 1 on US keyboards)?

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` is the grave accent, U+0060.

Resources I can recommend: Unicode Code Charts, Wikipedia: Punctuation, Diacritic.

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It's also referred to as backtick. –  Steve Melnikoff Nov 15 '10 at 13:21
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On my keyboard, the tilde is also to the left of the "1" (shifted, to be sure...)

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