TranslingualEdit

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Unicode name SEMICOLON
Codepoint U+003B
: ← Basic Latin → <
Character  ; 
Unicode name GREEK QUESTION MARK
Codepoint U+037E
 ͽ ← Greek and Coptic → ΄

EtymologyEdit

The Italian printer Aldus Manutius established the practice of using the semicolon mark to separate words of opposed meaning, and to indicate interdependent statements. The earliest, general use of the semicolon in English was in 1591.

Punctuation markEdit

;

  1. Indicates a pause longer than the comma and shorter than a period/full stop.
  2. Represents two eyes vertically aligned, the lower one blinking, in order to form emoticons.

Usage notesEdit

QuotationsEdit

Derived termsEdit

  • (small form variant)

See alsoEdit

Punctuation


GreekEdit

Punctuation markEdit

; or ;

  1. ? (the Greek question mark)
    Με συγχωρείτε· πού είναι οι τουαλέτες;   (Excuse me; where are the toilets?)

Usage notesEdit

  • While there is a specific character for solely the Greek question mark (; – U+037E), the regular semicolon (U+003B) is preferred.
  • In Greek a semicolon is represented by · (U+0387), named the άνω τελεία (áno teleía, upper stop).
Last modified on 7 January 2014, at 13:24