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    frogboxer is offline Junior Member
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    Bracketed letters in a single word

    What do the brackets indicate when they are placed around letters in a word? I see this in extremely old newspaper articles. I can't find any explanation in style guides that would explain or condone such usage of brackets.

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    I was hunting in the mountains about twenty mi[l]es south of here ... and when I returned to [c]amp, I saw ashes and charred s[t]icks from the fireplace had been scattered abo[u]t.

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    Rover_KE is offline Moderator
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    Re: Bracketed letters in a single word

    The letters were missing from the original text and the newspaper editor added them to make the meaning clear for readers.

    Rover

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