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

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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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Choosing between “100%” and “cent percent”

I am a non-native English speaker. I am applying for the USA university for management studies. While writing the essay I came across the sentence, "I was 100% confident." My query: Is it ...
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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. How do you represent the ...
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Does the use of the symbol slash for “or” come from the use of “|” in computer programming? [closed]

Does the rise of acceptance in "/" for "or" come from the use of "|" in computer programming (For "OR")? If not is there any correlation?
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The use of @ in a business email?

My business emails of late have all contained '@Carol' when I am referred to in a string of emails/topic. What does this mean and how am I to refer to this in future? Carol
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What does the symbol “-do-” mean?

While i encountered this symbol in a science textbook, but i am pretty sure it is related to english language. This was used in a table that was summarizing the contents of a section. While i am ...
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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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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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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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Is the § character recognizable as an icon for legal matters in English speaking countries?

I need a symbol in my navigation to represent the legal portions of a web application (disclaimer, imprint, and so on). I thought that it would be appropriate to use the § character; my customer ...
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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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Is there such a thing as a sentence sign?

Many of us are familiar with the section sign (§) and the paragraph sign or pilcrow (¶), but is there a sign, symbol, or mark meant to denote a sentence? Potentially, such a mark could be used for ...
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Is there a pause shorter than a comma?

I'm writing a poem, and like how it's flowing. But I find that a tiny pause shorter than a comma would do tremendous. Is there such a mark or multitude of symbols to make a short pause?
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You just pulled a

I'm writing a paper about a book In the the book there is a character named Johnny,and Johnny is very stupid. For fun let's say my friend did something stupid, and I said, "You just pulled a Johnny!" ...
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If number is represented by '#' what represents text?

Numbers are represented commonly by '#' but I fail to see any sign that represents text. Is there any sign/symbol that indicates it should be in text (or text format)?
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What is the name of this symbol “♪”?

I need the names of the following symbols: ♪ The one that is not coloured in and looks like a "d" The circular one, that looks like an "o" The one like this ♪, but doesn't have the little thingy ...
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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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What is the name of the symbols “<” and “>”?

I know that ^ is called a caret, but this doesn't seem to apply to the similarly shaped but nonetheless different < and > symbols. The only names I've heard them called is the less-than sign and ...
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What is the difference between a ¶ Pilcrow Sign and the § Section Sign?

The following symbols have both been introduced to me as a 'paragraph symbol'. With the help of ShapeCatcher and Wikipedia, I found out that ¶ is officially known as the Pilcrow Sign § is ...
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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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When to pronounce # for pound, sharp, hash or hashtag? [duplicate]

How to pronounce # in a proper way? Currently, I know it's used to pronounce "pound" in US English, "hash" in British English, "sharp" for C#--a programming language, and number sign to list items. ...
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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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What does Ï mean in a play?

I just saw this in a play that I'm reading (on p24 of this version of A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller): Enter Beatrice with coffee. ï What does the ï represent / mean? I can't find it ...
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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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What's the word Copyright and `(C)' mean?

In the lines: Copyright (C) 1994 Tom Copyright (C) 1995, 1996 Cruise Copyright (C) 1997, 1998 Louis Here, what's the original meaning of "Copyright"? And why the mark "(C)"? And, what is ...
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Why must the cent sign come after the value? [duplicate]

Is it pureley by convention that the dollar symbol ($) comes before the value and the cent symbol (¢) come after? For example $1.50 vs $1 and 50¢ Also would it ever be correct to write a value of ...
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With character or sign

Is there a character or sign -- most likely historic -- for 'with', similarly to & for 'and'? Also for 'without'
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What is this letter/symbol called?

I found it in an old dictionary and I'm not sure what it means. It looks like the number "3", but the top of the three has been flattened(and slightly curved). I've only seen this in three or four ...
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birth-death range - person still alive

I am wondering if there exists a specific symbol or word I can use in a birth-death range. When I introduce a specific person in my main text, I use a footnote to provide the reader some additional ...
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what does this mean “ I got 70 + application forms” [duplicate]

Today I saw, someone has written I got 70+ application forms What is the purpose of the plus sign in that statement?
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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 ...
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How did 7 come to be an abbreviation for 'and' in Old English?

According to A History of the English Language: Revised Edition by Elly van Gelderen, p.53, in Old English the numeral 7 was used as an abbreviation for the word and: Abbreviations are frequently ...
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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 to call the symbol where there is a break in content or a break in a graph?

When a graph or image cannot be displayed practically in a fixed amount of space, people will generally include a "squiggle" to denote that there is some content missing from the middle. Is there an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How does one pronounce the '@' symbol?

How can I pronounce @ symbol: At / At the rate? Can I use it in a sentence? Please explain with an example.
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What is the difference between 20$ and $20?

I am seeing both 20$ and $20 usages. (20 is nonessential to this question.) What is the difference between them?
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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 § 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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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?