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 how is often used in diacritics examples. I would like to avoid the hyphen as there is some specific Braille for dealing with that.

For example (just using ◌)

  • ◌tion
  • dis◌
  • ◌dd◌
  • Hm, kinda like then, you mean? – tchrist Feb 27 '13 at 23:25
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    I don't think this fits on EL&U. Linguistics? – Tim Lymington Feb 27 '13 at 23:29
  • Doesn't fit because it's not English related. – MetaEd Feb 28 '13 at 6:28
  • @MετάEd Where would it fit? – CyberSkull Feb 28 '13 at 17:54
  • TimLymington suggested Linguistics. If anybody's using such a thing, they are. Possibly you might also get some help at Graphic Design. – MetaEd Feb 28 '13 at 22:46

Hypens are often used to denote missing information like -ing words or sub- words.

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  • What about where I have just the middle of the word? Also hyphens are problematic as I don't want to get any confusion with the braille for a hyphen or any of braille's myriad abbreviations. – CyberSkull Feb 28 '13 at 5:34

You can consider using wildcard characters. A good example of their use can be seen on onelook.com:

bluebird    Find definitions of bluebird
blue*       Find words and phrases that start with blue
*bird       Find words and phrases that end with bird
bl????rd    Find words that start with bl, end with rd, and have 4 letters in between
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  • That's a good suggestion, and I would normally use that except for the same reasons I need to avoid the hyphen. – CyberSkull Feb 28 '13 at 17:54

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