Mark (a word or passage) with an obelus to show that it is spurious, corrupt, or doubtful.‘this line is commonly obelized as interrupting the sequence of thought’
- ‘Graham's ‘obelizing’ makes for a poetry full of rhythmic complexity and moments of semantic uncertainty which are fundamental to the reader's experience of the poem.’
- ‘In twelve places Danese obelizes a word or line.’
- ‘I obelize barbaros because there is no other record of birds called by this name.’
Mid 17th century: from Greek obelizein, in the same sense.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.