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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    Quote Originally Posted by bewise View Post
    :-, this punctuation mark is no longer in use.
    Oh yes, it is.

    It is in use by people who were taught to use it and see no reason to change the habit of a lifetime.

    Students should be made aware that they might encounter it as introducing a list - a purpose for which a colon is now used.

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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Oh yes, it is.

    It is in use by people who were taught to use it and see no reason to change the habit of a lifetime.

    Students should be made aware that they might encounter it as introducing a list - a purpose for which a colon is now used.

    Rover
    Quite confusing. Well, if it is an English punctuation mark and has been used by learned people for many years, why can't I find it in any authentic grammar book or grammar site. I have done a lot of research on this but I have been unable to find a single authentic proof even wikipedia is silent about this.

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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawood Usmani View Post
    Quite confusing. Well, if it is an English punctuation mark and has been used by learned people for many years, why can't I find it in any authentic grammar book or grammar site. I have done a lot of research on this but I have been unable to find a single authentic proof even wikipedia is silent about this.
    I'm rather surprised about the lack of info on it on the internet - I've looked too! We certainly used it for years at my school and sometimes I still do, though probably not in formal writing.

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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm rather surprised about the lack of info on it on the internet - I've looked too! We certainly used it for years at my school and sometimes I still do, though probably not in formal writing.
    Maybe it is old-fasioned now and most people avoid using it in their writing.

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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawood Usmani View Post
    Maybe it is old-fasioned now and most people avoid using it in their writing.
    Oh, I'm sure that's true and I think I remarked on that possibility in a previous post. I'm still surprised that more people haven't heard of it/used it. I'm so intrigued that I'm now running a thread on my Facebook page to find out how many of my friends remember it!

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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    Well, it's interesting what running a poll of your friends elicits! Most of my friends (who replied) on Facebook remember using it but only one of them still does so.

    It was apparently called a "hyphenated colon" and has clearly fallen out of use.

    One of my friends sent me here - the first sentence is certainly very emphatic about it!

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    Default Re: What is this symbol called?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Well, it's interesting what running a poll of your friends elicits! Most of my friends (who replied) on Facebook remember using it but only one of them still does so.

    It was apparently called a "hyphenated colon" and has clearly fallen out of use.

    One of my friends sent me here - the first sentence is certainly very emphatic about it!
    Thanks, emsr2d2.
    You've been very helpful.

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