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    Question What is this symbol called?

    What is this symbol :- called and where do we use it?
    Can anyone explain please?

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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawood Usmani View Post
    What is this symbol :- called and where do we use it?
    Can anyone explain please?
    I don't think it's an English symbol. I've never used it, and don't recall ever having seen it used (in proper text).
    I'd call it a colon followed by a hyphen.
    Where did you find it?

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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    It's an unlikely combination. It's possibly just a sideways smileface-type thingie, like : )



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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    It's redundant or overkill punctuation IMO.

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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    When I was at school we used to call it two dots and a dash.

    You might still see some people use it to introduce a list rather than a colon alone.

    'These boys will stay behind after school:- Prosser, Latham, Macy and Duffy'.

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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    When I was at school we used to call it two dots and a dash.

    You might still see some people use it to introduce a list rather than a colon alone.

    'These boys will stay behind after school:- Prosser, Latham, Macy and Duffy'.

    Rover
    Yes, I remember "two dots and a dash" too.

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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, I remember "two dots and a dash" too.
    Me too. I remember thinking it was odd that it didn't have a name of its own and it seems to be out of fashion these days.

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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    What's the conclusion now? Does it still exist in English? What does it function? Shall we continue to teach our children or not? Is it a part of English punctuation marks or not? If we use it in academic writing, will it not lead to marks being deducted?

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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawood Usmani View Post
    What's the conclusion now? Does it still exist in English? What does it function? Shall we continue to teach our children or not? Is it a part of English punctuation marks or not? If we use it in academic writing, will it not lead to marks being deducted?
    From the information given - and perhaps I even remember it very vaguely from school (my memory isn't what it used to be!) - it's an old-fashioned version of the simple colon (:).
    I'd suggest not using it, not teaching it, and using a colon instead.

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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    :-, this punctuation mark is no longer in use. It is now replaced by the colon (:).

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