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Questions tagged [symbols]

This tag is for questions about symbols. It's to be used for all symbols beyond letters and punctuation, like currency symbols, list markers, mathematics and other sciences special symbols. USE THE PUNCTUATION tag for the punctuation marks integral to written English.

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Pilcrow question

Is there a difference between a shaded and an unshaded pilcrow? I am trying to format a block letter and in the unarranged copy, I am supposed to correct- there are both unshaded and shaded pilcrows.
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When and how did the word hashtag come about? [duplicate]

What caused the change from calling "#" a pound sign to calling it a hashtag? Why? I know that Twitter had much to do with the coinage, but how and why did it come about?
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What does this symbol mean? [closed]

The image might be rotated. Maybe related to Christianity. I already tried google reverse image search and combed though some of the most relevant symbol lists. Found on a Jacob's ladder:
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Is there a symbol for “from”?

I am wondering if there is a symbol or glyph to represent the preposition "from". 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 is a word for a symbol of something that simultaneously is a manifestation of the thing it symbolizes? [closed]

I am looking for a word that would mean a symbol of some quality or entity that simultaneously IS the thing it symbolizes. An example would be an Egyptian ankh which is the word 'life', the amulet of ...
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Using an acronym with a name that incorporates the @ symbol

Can you make an acronym out of a name that incorporates the @ symbol? For instance, can "People@Work" be "P@W" in the body of the document once it has been spelled out?
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How to pronounce “slash” in giving an address

How to pronounce "slash" in giving an address, meaning the corner of 2 streets? I live at 1/9 Park Lane. Should it be read as one slash nine Park Lane?
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Is there a backward 'Z' in American English?

In footage which I was not able to capture, recently, an American documentary presented an alphabet for teaching to children with a backward 'Z'. That is, the letter was like an 'S' with straight ...
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What symbol is called 'hash' in US English? [closed]

In the UK the word hash refers to this symbol: # What symbol does 'hash' refer to in US English? And what word is used to describe the '£' symbol? US British # pound hash £ ? ...
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use '/\' to denote that one missed something while writing

I have seen many people use '/\' to denote that they missed something while writing the sentence. Then, above that symbol they write what they missed. Are you aware of this practice? Let's say, I am ...
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What is the character set of the (written) English language? [closed]

More specifically: What dictionaries or lexicons (considering all ever published) of the English language contain exhaustive lists of the characters or symbols used in the formation of the words ...
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What is the standard way to number rows in a table?

First of all, it is not quite a language specific question but I do not know a better place to ask. Suppose we have a table, say something like this. What if I want to add a column which contains ...
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indefinite article before I(0)

I'm writing my thesis and need to write: "[...] and a/an I0 of [...]" and am puzzled about which indefinite article to use. I(q) is a symbol for intensity as a function of the momentum transfer q ...
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Ending sentence with a single word following … what punctuation?

I am currently writing an essay for school and ran into a problem that neither my friends nor I could solve. Without any consequences for poor behavior, whether the consequences be outwardly ...
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Why are there 4 ambiguous phonetic symbols in IPA representations of English?

I'm interested in phonetics in order to speak as properly as possible. And here's the thing, there are four vowels with ambiguous symbols: The first problem is the sound [ɛ] like in dress: /drɛs/ ...
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Apostrophe on plurals of a word abbreviated with a symbol?

I can't find any good resources on this topic. We have an application that will abbreviate words at certain screen sizes and uses nomenclature specific to our client's fields. One question that ...
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Use of the '%' symbol [duplicate]

In writing a sentence, using the '%' symbol, which of the following is correct: "....record rates that range between 8 and 12%." or "....record rates that range between 8% and 12%." Thanks, Jerry
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Is the hyphen correct, in lieu of the percent symbol, in this suspended compound?

The Associated Press replied to me and said the suspended compound below is correct exactly as presented (that is, a hyphen after 10 without the % symbol). Do you concur with the logic and the ...
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What word would you use to describe this symbol?

Is there a word for the black "mess" between the yellow star and the green exclamation mark? And is there a unicode character/emoji for this symbol?
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When discussing job experience, how should it read? [closed]

Should it read: Jake has 20+ years experience. Jake has +20 years experience.
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Cite numbered paragraph of a section [closed]

I know that the pilcrow ¶ must be used to cite a paragraph from a (standard/legal/normative) document organized in numbered paragraphs, and the section sign § when organized by numbered sections. I'm ...
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What is the ¬ symbol called on a British Windows keyboard? [closed]

What is the ¬ symbol on a British Windows keyboard called? You get to it by pressing Shift and the key left of the '1'.
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How to denote a number if # cannot be used? (What are alternatives to # symbol?) [closed]

I have data file containing titles like Invoice #ZT-123456 June 2017 or Agreement #1_ABCD Foo Services but I need to put these titles into an app where character # is not allowed. (Edit: And ...
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Symbols for “YES” and “NO” in formal English writing

I'm writing a conference paper in English. My Japanese colleague told me that I should use "○" for YES and "x" for NO in my paper, but I think the right symbols should be "✓" for YES and "x" for NO. ...
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What is this English letter called? [duplicate]

I came across a different symbol for the letter 'S' on Wikipedia: Paradise Lost advertisement What is the symbol called, replacing the letter 'S' in "Paradise" and "Lost" (and lower down in many ...
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What is this symbol “Dy” called (see image)

I got a card and there's a symbol which precedes "James". Something like "from" or "love". Does anyone know what this symbol is?
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Symbol indicating authorship

I've encountered a situation where it would be very convenient to utilize a typographical symbol to indicate that the immediately preceding content was authored by an individual. Is there a symbol in ...
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Is there a name for this symbol: | [closed]

The symbol (or whatever classifies it): |
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What is the symbol that shows word blending called?

What is the name of this symbol that I marked in red? What is it's Unicode value?
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Is there a word for a monogram of the entire alphabet?

I am fascinated by the attached image but I am not sure what to call it. I have seen it labeled as a monogram of the alphabet, however that sounds bulky. As it contains all of the letters I want to ...
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how you read this - a/b?

a/b = a or b = a and b Or this can mean anything as per context . Do we use "/" symbols in English and what is its meaning ?
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Is there any basis or history for calling @ an ampersand?

Perhaps it is just my own misunderstanding, but growing up people around me referred to both & (which is correct) and @ (which I suppose is incorrect) as ampersand. It confused me for a great ...
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What do you call the symbol used to insert word(s) into a sentence?

I have seen the example of the blue symbol in the picture in some advertisements. This symbol is used to add an extra word in the middle of a sentence. However, I have searched a lot, but I was not ...
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What does this symbol from Revolutionary War rolls mean?

We are transcribing Continental Army rolls & encountered this symbol numerous times. It really appears to mean "ditto" as in the "Rank" column, we'll see 'Private' with the next 4-5 entires below ...
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Where does the @ symbol come from?

The symbol @ is frequently used to represent two main things; the word at (particularly in market pricing) and in e-mail addresses. Where does the symbol come from? Wikipedia suggests the following ...
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Can one abbreviate the Spanish given name José María to José Mª in English, like in Spanish?

According to the English Wikipedia, José María (abbreviated José Mª) is a Spanish language male given name, usually considered a single given name rather than two names[.] [Related, possibly ...
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Are o͞o and ü interchangeable?

In Google's dictionary, the word "human" is displayed with the o͞o pronunciation symbol, whereas most other dictionaries I checked use the [standard IPA?] ü. Are these really interchangeable or is ...
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What do you call this sign: #? [duplicate]

Which of the following to use, especially in the context of programming: hashtag well number pound sign
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Symbol for 'Or'

'And' can be represented with an '&' or even a '+' in some cases. But I have yet to find a symbolic abbreviation for 'or'. Are there any such abbreviations? Some examples of what I mean include, ...
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when is it appropriate to use double prime for inches in measurements

What is the correct usage? 10 × 10″ 10″ × 10″ That is, is the double prime supposed to be on the first number or is it assumed to be the same as the second number when conveying measurements in ...
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Abbreviations for Time Symbols

I believed I use to see that the symbols: " and ' were abbreviations for time... is that still the case? I am trained as an Engineer or it is possible that I am confusing it with the longitude/...
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How to pronounce “×” in “12 × 3 mm²”? [closed]

I have this expression: 12 × 3 mm². I guess that it should not be pronounced as "twelve multiplied by three millimeters squared". I've tried to google it already but it seemed to be difficult ...
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How to pronounce the ^ symbol?

How should the "^" symbol be pronounced? I searched on the internet but couldn't find an answer.
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Are there any English words that contain a number or symbol? (excluding hyphenated words) [duplicate]

I realize these would probably be neologisms or maybe trademarks, but are there some obvious example "words" to use that contain a number or symbol? (eg 0123456789!@#$%^&*() For the purpose of ...
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Is there a specific term for sentences written with symbols or emoji only?

Is there a specific term for sentences written with symbols or emoji only instead of words? An example would be a string of emoji on a facebook comment of a post.
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If a word has multiple pronunciations, how do I know which one is more commonly used? [closed]

When I tried to remember English words, I met some words that has multiple pronunciations, how do I know which one is more commonly used? Or should I remember them all? For example, prospect, as verb ...
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Is there a symbol for the word “as”?

Much like & % #, or how "that" used to have the thorn and T, does anyone know if at any point in the English language the word "as" had a symbol?
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What is the name of the glyph that looks like a dash, but tapers on a single end?

What is the name of the symbol shown below used to sometimes stylize page numbering or to call attention to an item in the page? It's hard to explain with words, but here's a picture. Does this have ...
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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