Topics pertaining to the use or meaning of symbols other than punctuation in written English

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How to write word “hashtagged” using “#” symbol? #ed, #'ed, #-ed?

It looks like #ed would be correct way to write word "hashtagged", but this can be confused with hashtag – #ed. What would be another acceptable way to write word "hashtagged" using # symbol?
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When using symbols instead of words in writing, do I use “an” or “a” before the symbol? [duplicate]

The sentence in question: Every list item that is marked with an * is optional. The word "asterisks" isn't spelled out, so I'm not sure if "an" or "a" is the correct word to put before it.
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How is the sentence “The symbol % is used to represent percent” read?

I have three sentences in my math textbook that use the symbol %. The symbol % is used to represent percent. Usually denoted by the symbol %. Most calculators have a key with the % symbol ...
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Mixing use of K for thousands and MM for millions

Traditionally, M is used as the symbol for thousands and MM for millions in the business world, particularly in accounting. However, there has been a growing tendency to use K as the symbol for ...
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What is the name of the pronunciation symbol /o/ with a dot over it?

What is the name of the pronunciation symbol /o/ with a dot over it? We know it is pronounced /aw/ but need to know what the name of the symbol is.
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Symbol and sign in mathematics

Mathematical notations are usually called symbols in the large, yet particular symbols seem to be blessed, they are often called signs ('equals sign', 'multiplication sign', ...). Is there a ...
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Should I use the word “degree” or the symbol ° for expressing angles in a scientific text? [closed]

I hope this is the correct StackExchange to ask a question like this. For a scientific text (in computer science), which is the correct way of expressing angles (e.g. the yaw, pitch and roll angle of ...
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What is the word to describe something that has hidden meaning?

I'm writing an essay (yay) on I'm the King of the Castle, by Susan Hill. I am trying to explain how the description of the atmosphere may have hidden meanings (e.g. the fact that Warings is a ...
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What nouns could symbolize a choice between 2 options?

I want to name a process that has exactly two possible paths. I'd like to give it a symbolic name. These concepts come to mind but I'm hoping to think of others: coin flip double-edged sword ...
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What Is the Real Name of the #?

I used to say "sharp sign" to refer to the # sign. Today a friend told me that the correct term is number sign or hash sign or even just hash. What is the difference between these options and ...
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Terms that representing a filtered tags

On my webpage I'm trying to filter search results, using tags. Very much so like here. Now suppose I have three tags that I've selected. I show three options in the web page. Option1: Search ...
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Why Does $ Come Before the Number But % Comes After it? [duplicate]

Let's look at these two sentences: Color blindness affects 8% of men. That sandwich costs $8. So why, when using the percent symbol do we put it after the word, but with money we place it ...
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Is the percent symbol okay in this construction?

Direct quote, so I cannot alter. He said, "We've seen a 10–20 percent a year increase in revenue." Could the percent symbol work? He said, "We've seen a 10–20% a year increase in revenue." ...
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What is § called and how do I type it? [closed]

I copy pasted this symbol from http://docs.oracle.com/javase/specs/jls/se7/html/jls-15.html#jls-15.8.3 but I want to know what it is called and how to make it.
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The use of “/” meaning [closed]

In an instance of "Signature/Stamp", does the / mean signature and stamp or is the meaning signature or stamp
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What are the most common symbols or words used to refer a reader to a glossary?

What are the most common symbols or words used after difficult words in a text to refer a reader to a glossary for a definition?
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What symbol denotes “or more”?

Trying to construct a math-like means for my English students to understand sentence structure. Need to indicate: "A compound sentence consists of 2 Independent Clauses and 1 OR MORE Dependent ...
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Word for “A symbol that means a word/phrase”

This article about using Ћ to stand for the made me think about how different symbols represent words or phrases. For example: @ means at; % means per cent; # can mean pound or number; ♥ can mean ...
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In the U.S., why is octothorp used to signal an apartment at a particular address?

In the book "Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers" it says: The octothorp ("8 fields" ) has been used in cartography as a symbol for "village "... . ...
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English notation for hour, minutes and seconds

I often see English notation about time using the " and ' symbols. I have always mistaken about the two, and even their meaning. I'm more used to "01:05:56", for example. Which is for the hour, ...
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what do you call this symbol @ [duplicate]

do you call it the 'at' symbol or at the rate of or something else? I know the dictionary answer, more interested in the colloquial. Has a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At_sign but it just ...
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On the Origin of the Universal Quantifier: A Semiotic Etymology [closed]

What is the "etymology" of the symbol ∀ (for all), the universal quantifier. I can't find anything here, but I suspect it was adopted in the same way our numerals were adopted. REMARK ABOUT A ...
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Is there a symbol I can use as a substitute for a word or part of a word (similar to how ◌ is used for diacritics)? [closed]

I am making a chart that illustrates prefixes, suffixes and middles of words in Braille, and I was wondering if there is a symbol I can use to represent word, part of word or rest of word, similar to ...
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Dollar sign necessary in “$16 LD”?

I'm editing a book that mentions Liberian Dollars (LD) and U.S. Dollars (USD). Should I put a dollar sign in front of the number or not? ($16 LD or 16 LD? $10 USD or 10 USD?)
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Symbol, punctuation, or abbreviation that indicates a “paraphrase”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the proper use of [square brackets] in quotes? This question is born of practical necessity - one that I encountered while quoting a reference in "another" Stack ...
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What the #$@&%*! is that called?

Is there a name for the use of symbols in place of curse words, for example #$@&%*!?
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Is there a name for this method of writing that includes pictograms?

I've seen people write (usually in a humorous way) a 'code-like' message where parts of words are replaced with a pictogram that sounds like that word-part. E.G.: (eyeball) (tin can)(rope knot) ...
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Origin of | (pipe symbol)

What is the origin of the | (pipe symbol) in typesetting?
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Is there a symbol for “and/or”?

I am wondering if there is a symbol or glyph to represent the conjunct "and/or". I doubt there is a formal, de jure symbol (i.e., found in any manual of style or dictionary), but I cannot even find ...
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Annotation symbols

Let's say you were going to put 3 annotations all on one page. What are the 3 different symbols you would use if you weren't going to use numbers?
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What is this symbol called: “¶” [closed]

I'm trying to find out what this symbol means and if it has a name: ¶ I've seen it being used in word processors.
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Which dash should be used to indicate “None”, “No Answer”, or “Not Applicable”? [closed]

Consider the following overview of an individual's profile: Name: John Smith Age: 29 Marital status: Single Spouse's Name: - The dash given as "Spouse's Name" indicates that there is no ...
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How can I call these symbols in English? [closed]

I'm a programmer and I wonder how I can call these symbols in English: ~ | ^ `
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What's the name of this letter? [closed]

I came upon this letter when reading a book, I couldn't find its name on the internet, you can imagine how hard it is to search about it. What is the name of the letter that follows "sample space"? ...
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What are these symbols called? ~ ` ^ [closed]

What can I call the following symbols? ~ ` ^
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Are alpha and omega common abbreviations for birth and death? [closed]

In Italy, perhaps due to our Greek-Roman influence on culture, it is not uncommon to see something like: alpha January 9, 1913 — omega April 22, 1994 ...written on tombstones to mean dates ...
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Is there a proper name for the 3 asterisks that are used to suggest temporal discontinuity?

For example, when some long prose passage ends, this appears: * * * Then some new prose passage begins. The three asterisks dividing the two prose sections are understood to divide the two ...
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Pronunciation of “#winning”

How do you pronounce #winning aloud? Would it be hashtag winning, hash winning, pound winning, winning or something else? This goes for all hashtags.
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Why do we use a leading dollar sign? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What is the difference between 20$ and $20? Why is the unit of measure placed before the value for currencies? Are there other measures where the unit precedes value? ...
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What's the difference between - and — in a phrase? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen? When do I put a - in a sentence? Is it a more powerful comma? With a bigger pause?
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Is an ampersand formal?

I've noticed that there are many companies whose names contain an ampersand. A quick Google search for "& Sons, Inc", or something similar, should yield countless examples. Though it's not ...
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Is double prime (″) the correct symbol to use for specifying inches?

Is the double prime symbol (″) the correct symbol to use when specifying inches? For example: 3′11″
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Which symbols can I use as shorthands to convey specific meanings?

For example, "/" (slash) can be used to mean "or" for two things that are interchangeable: I am taking my car/automobile to meet with my date/girlfriend. Are there other symbols like this that ...
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What are these symbols called in the English language?

You see these all the time in movies, usually when some poor guy has been wrongly imprisoned and begins counting the days since his incarceration, but what are these markings called? I used to know, ...
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Why is the word 'number' abbreviated to 'No.' in UK English and '#' in American English?

Why the disparity? And why use 'No.'? Is it from the French? And the hash or pound sign seems a weird choice too, is there a history or any reason involved?
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use of => symbol

For years I have used '=>' as a sign meaning 'should be changed to' and I have long since forgotten whether this is a personal idiosyncrasy or an actual existing usage. e.g. "in the sentence above ...
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Does the “@” symbol have a name? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to pronounce @ symbol? In Spanish, @ is called arroba. I saw this question, and it says it's called "commercial at" according to Wikipedia. A lot of languages have ...
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What's the meaning of the symbol ‡?

I am trying to get the meaning of the symbol ‡. I saw it a couple of times: as a tattoo in a little boy finger, and on Wikipedia. How is this symbol called in English?
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Is there a symbol out there capable of denoting a chapter in a citation?

When citing like [Source, ch.number], is there a particular symbol that could or should replace the "ch." abbreviation?
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Why are Greek letters pronounced incorrectly in scientific English?

In Greek, for example, the letter β is pronounced "veeta", but in science, people use "beta". Some other offenders are η "eeta", ι "yiota", μ "mee", ν "nee", π "pee", τ "taf", χ "hee", ψ "psee". I ...